The U.S. FCC has moved to expand the list of communications equipment and services that pose a potential threat to U.S. national security.
According to a Public Notice issued by the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, the FCC has added products and services from two additional entities, Pacific Network Corporation and its subsidiary Com Net (USA) LLC and China Unicom (Americas) Operations Limited, to its list of companies whose equipment and services have been deemed a security threat. The FCC says that these entities “are subject to the exploitation, influence, and control of the Chinese government,” thereby posing “an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons.”
The FCC is required under the Secured and Trusted Communications Act to publish and maintain a list of communications equipment and services that pose a security risk. The first so-called covered list was published in March 2021 and included technology companies Huawei and ZTE Corporation. The addition of Pacific Network and China Unicom now brings the number to ten of entities whose equipment and services have been deemed a security threat.