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FCC votes 5-0 to block China Mobile interconnect application

May 10, 2019


The U.S. Federal Communications Commission this week voted unanimously to deny an application from China Mobile USA, a Delaware-based subsidiary of the Chinese mobile provider, that would’ve allowed the carrier to interconnect to domestic networks and offer telecom services.

Commissioners called out security concerns, particularly the potential that China Mobile, which commissioners said is controlled by the Chinese government, could intercept U.S. communications and share that information.

This is just the latest in telecom as a proxy front for an ongoing trade war with China, which President Donald Trump amped up this week with an increase in tariffs on goods imported from China.

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