The U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke China Telecom’s U.S. subsidiary’s authorization to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States, Reuters reported. As early as last September, two U.S. senators asked the FCC and national security agencies to review whether China Unicom and China Telecom, two telecoms companies, should be allowed to operate in the United States.
In May last year, the FCC rejected China Mobile’s application to operate in the U.S., but China Unicom and China Telecom retained the ability to operate in the U.S. Both companies were issued by the FCC in the early 2000s, and some regulators said they should be re-examined, even though they were smaller than China Mobile.
U.S. agencies have scrutinized Chinese telecommunications operators, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Commerce Department and the U.S. Trade Representative, citing concerns that China Telecom could be subject to government control or influence.
China Telecom did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The FCC also did not comment.