On Monday, Pacific Networks and its wholly owned subsidiary ComNet (USA) LLC urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to shut down its US operations.

The Federal Communications Commission issued show cause orders to three state-controlled Chinese telecommunications companies, including Pacific, citing national security risks, in April.

The Federal Communications Commission directed China Unicom Americas, China Telecom Americas, and Pacific Networks to explain why it should not start revoking authorizations enabling their US operations. The other two companies have not yet filed formal Federal Communications Commission responses.

ComNet and Pacific said in a 92-page FCC filing that “neither company has been asked by the Chinese government or the Chinese Communist Party to take any action that would ‘jeopardize the national security and law enforcement interests of the United States.'”

The companies said they have operated in the United States for 20 years without any FCC enforcement action.

The Federal Communications Commission said that Pacific Networks resells international voice and data to US operators on a wholesale basis; ComNet provides international termination service, global SIM card service, and international calling card and inter-exchange service.

The companies said they “not only operated independently from the Chinese government” but have “complied and cooperated with the United States government.”

The Federal Communications Commission allowed approvals to the companies more than a decade ago. Since then, it said, “the national security and law enforcement risks linked to the Chinese government’s activities have grown significantly.”

Earlier, the US Justice Department called on the FCC to revoke China Telecom’s ability to operate in the United States.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously in May 2019 to deny another state-owned Chinese telecommunications company, China Mobile, the right to provide services in the United States, citing risks that the Chinese government could use the approval to conduct espionage against the US government.

Source: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/telecom/news/comnet-unicom-chinese-telecom-firms-urge-fcc-not-to-block-us-operations-2239253

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