US identifies two more Chinese airlines as national security threats • The Register

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has added two Chinese companies to its list of communications equipment vendors deemed to pose national security threats: Pacific Network Corp, its wholly owned subsidiary ComNet (USA) LLC, and China Unicom (America) .

“Earlier this year, the FCC rescinded China Unicom Americas and PacNet/ComNet authorities to provide services in the United States due to the national security risks they pose to communications in the United States. Now, in collaboration with our national safety partners, we are taking additional steps to shut the door on these companies by placing them on the FCC’s Covered List.” said Chair Jessica Rosenworcel.

Recent additions include Huawei, ZTE Corporation, wireless communications provider Hytera, video surveillance systems Hikvision and Dahua, and Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, as well as telecoms companies China Mobile and China Telecom already on board The list.

The new companies have earned a place on the now 10-person list as they are believed to be “subject to the exploitation, influence and control of the Chinese government and the national security risks associated with such exploitation, influence and control.” . Therefore, they pose “an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.”

Essentially, the FCC believes the companies cannot refuse a request from Beijing that could involve espionage or intelligence gathering.

ComNet also earned its place on the list because the FCC believes its connections to US telecommunications networks and customers could facilitate industrial espionage and intelligence gathering “or otherwise provide a strategic ability to target, alter, target, network traffic.” block and redirect.”

ComNet and China Unicom had already been banned from operating in the US, and the FCC, by labeling them as security threats, made it clear that doing business with both is dangerous for US companies.

On a more practical level, the listing also means that U.S. buyers who buy with federal subsidies like the FCC’s more than $5 billion Universal Service Fund are now barred from doing business with the two companies. ® US identifies two more Chinese airlines as national security threats • The Register

Laura Coffey

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