FCC chairman Pai opposes China Mobile's request to operate in the U.S.

FCC chairman Pai opposes China Mobile's request to operate in the U.S.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he opposes an application from China Mobile to offer service in the U.S. The FCC will vote on the application during a meeting to be held May 9th. The filing was submitted to the FCC in September 2011 by China Mobile USA, a stateside subsidiary of the Chinese firm. The company seeks to provide "Global or Limited Global Facilities-Based Service" that would offer resale service between U.S. and international wireless users.

Considering that the U.S. government has considered Huawei and ZTE to be national security risks, Pai's announcement is not surprising. Because the communist Chinese government can demand that a tech firm spy on its behalf, U.S. officials worry that equipment from the two firms contain back doors ready to pass along information from American consumers and corporations to Beijing. This fear of spying on behalf of the government in China played a big part in Pai's opposition to the application.


The U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration advises the president on matters involving telecommunications. Last year, the agency said that allowing China Mobile to operate in the states "would pose unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks."

China Mobile seeks to offer wireless service in the U.S.

China Mobile seeks to offer wireless service in the U.S.

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6 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Hey, I'm finally in agreement with Pai on something...

2. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

That's very good. Killing net neutrality, opposing China, he's my favorite. I donno why people hate him. He's for USA.

4. kennybenny

Posts: 204; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

They should come to Canada, not the US. Our telecoms are a complete joke..... $95 (Yes, you read that right, $95) for a 3 GB (Promo 1 + 2 GB bonus) BYOP plan on the Big Three. Shocking!

5. markusinfinite

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

Smart move

6. TBomb

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

This is the only good decision he's made since being in the position. It was probably only because it would take away customers from his previous place of employment and ruin his Verizon stock

7. ElijahB1988

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 16, 2018

Not a truer statemetnt @Tbomb

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