Monday, December 5, 2022

US Banned Chinese Telecom Giant Unicom due to Spying Concerns

The corporation must discontinue providing telecommunications services in the United States within 60 days of receiving the order. The announcement comes after China Telecom’s license to conduct business in the United States was revoked in October of this year. Radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable communications are all regulated by the Government Communications Commission (FCC), which is an independent federal agency that oversees communications across the United States. The Federal Communications Commission has jurisdiction over a wide range of issues, including broadband access, fair competition, radio frequency use, media responsibility, public safety, and national security.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was founded by the Communications Act of 1934 to take over the Federal Radio Commission’s radio regulatory responsibilities. Since taking over from the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Federal Communications Commission has been in charge of wire communications regulation. Specifically, the FCC’s necessary jurisdiction includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories and possessions. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) works with similar communications authorities in other North American countries to varied degrees of collaboration, supervision, and leadership. The Federal Communications Commission is entirely funded by regulatory fees. During the fiscal year 2022, it will have a budget of $388 million dollars. It will have 1,482 federal employees as of July 2020, according to the latest available data.

Unicom Statement on Ban

“China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited will keep a close eye on the situation,” the company said in an additional statement. The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment from the BBC within an hour of receiving it.

Because of worries about national security, US authorities have targeted Chinese technology and telecommunications businesses in recent years. After President Joe Biden’s approval of legislation in November, it became law that prohibits firms that are considered a security risk from getting new telecommunications equipment licenses. The Federal Communications Commission should no longer consider applications from organizations that are considered a threat under the Secure Equipment Act. It means that the equipment produced by Huawei, ZTE, and three other Chinese companies will not be able to be used in US telecommunications networks.

Also in November, the United States government added a further dozen Chinese companies to its restricted trade list in order to address issues of national security and foreign policy concern. According to the United States, some of the companies are assisting the Chinese military in the development of its quantum computing programmed. In October, the United States government revoked China Telecom’s license in the country, citing national security concerns as well. According to US authorities, the Chinese government’s control over the corporation enabled it to “access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute” communications between the United States and other countries.

As a result, they asserted, it may be able to “engage in espionage and other harmful activities against the United States.” China Mobile, the country’s state-owned telecommunications carrier, had its license to operate in the United States cancelled in 2019.

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