A federal appeals court has declined China Telecom Corp’s emergency bid to halt a US Federal Communications Commission order withdrawing its authority to provide services in the United States.
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District Columbia rejected the bid by the US arm of China Telecom to temporarily block the FCC order, which takes effect in early January, pending a full review of its legal challenge.
China Telecom had warned it must notify US customers of the decision by Saturday and said that without a temporary halt to the FCC action, it “will be forced to cease significant operations, irreparably harming its business, reputation, and relationships.”
The court said it would issue a schedule to consider the legal arguments. But that is likely to take months.
The carrier, which did not immediately comment on Thursday, was ordered by the FCC on October the 26th to discontinue US services by early January.
The FCC said China Telecom “is subject to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government and is highly likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government requests without sufficient legal procedures subject to independent judicial oversight.”
China Telecom, which has been authorized for 20 years to provide telecommunications services in the United States, had more than 335 million subscribers worldwide in 2019. It also provides services to Chinese government facilities in the United States and warned the FCC action would force it “to end its entire resold mobile resale service in the US”
In March, the FCC began efforts to revoke the authorization for China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks and its wholly owned subsidiary ComNet to provide US telecommunications services.
In May 2019, the FCC voted to deny state-owned Chinese telecom firm China Mobile Ltd the right to provide US services.
Last year, the FCC designated Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp as national security threats to communications networks.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘US appeals court will not block China Telecom revocation order‘ article. Automatic translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by David Shepardson. Editing by Peter Cooney.
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