FCC Chair Set to Vote Down China Mobile Service App

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Wednesday that he would oppose China Mobile's application to provide cell service to Americans because of security concerns, sinking the company's chances of entering the United States market. The FCC also said that executive branch agencies recommended a year ago that the FCC deny China Mobile's application "due to substantial national security and law enforcement risks that can not be resolved through a voluntary mitigation agreement". The filing said that U.S. officials believe that "China Mobile would likely comply with requests by the Chinese government for information, access to its network, and any other assistance, including activities involving cyber intrusions and attacks". The FCC is scheduled to vote on an order to deny the application at its open meeting on May 9, and Pai yesterday announced his opposition to China Mobile entering the USA market.

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