: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has listed Chinese telecommunications companies Pacific Networks Corp, its wholly-owned subsidiary ComNet (USA) LLC, and China Unicom (Americas) as threats to U.S. national security. the regulator said on Tuesday.
The designation is based on a 2019 law intended to protect communications networks in the United States. In March 2021, the FCC initially designated five Chinese companies under its so-called “covered list.” This includes Huawei Technologies Co, ZTE Corp, Hytera Communications Corp, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co.
The FCC said these companies, along with associated national security risks, are subject to Chinese government exploitation, influence and control. They also expressed concern that they would “be forced to comply with the Chinese government’s demands regarding wiretapping without being able to object to such requests.”
The Chinese embassy in Washington and US attorneys for China Unicom and Pacific Networks did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Earlier this year, U.S. regulators decided to revoke the U.S. licenses of Pacific Networks and Comnet, the U.S. divisions of China Unicom, citing national security concerns.
FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel said the move was important to protect US communications networks from foreign threats.
threat to national security.
“We are taking additional steps to close the door to these companies.”
In March, the FCC added Russia’s AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas) Corp, and China Mobile International USA to its affected list.
In October 2021, the FCC also revoked the US license to China Telecom (USA), and in 2019 rejected China Mobile’s bid to provide US telecom services, citing national security risks. Did.
Being on the covered list means that funds from the FCC’s $8 billion Universal Services Fund may not be used to purchase or maintain products from companies. The fund supports telecommunications for rural areas, low-income consumers, and institutions such as schools, libraries, and hospitals.
Earlier this year, the Chinese embassy in Washington said the FCC had “abused state power and viciously attacked Chinese telecom operators again without factual basis. The United States will immediately stop its unjust crackdown on Chinese companies.” should,” he said.