China Mobile's request to provide cellular service from within the United States will be voted upon in the commission's next open meeting on May 9.
China Mobile is blocked from offering phone service in the United States.
"China Mobile ultimately is owned and controlled by the Chinese government".
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously today to deny the state-owned China Mobile its bid to provide interconnection services for phone calls between the United States and other countries.
The long and short of it is that the U.S. state doesn't trust the Chinese state and therefore doesn't trust anything owned by it. Commissioner Brendan Carr, who, like Pai, is a Republican, had said earlier said the FCC should investigate whether China Unicom and China Telecom should have their authorizations revoked.
Security isn't the only thing troubling USA officials when it comes to these Chinese companies.
China Mobile USA discloses in its application that its indirect controlling parent company, China Mobile, is 100% owned by the Chinese government, and China Mobile was subject to the supervision of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, a Chinese government body.
The FCC's move comes amid espionage concerns about a range of Chinese tech companies. It wanted approval to be listed as a "common carrier" that would let it to carry worldwide voice traffic between the USA and foreign countries, and to connect that traffic with the US telecommunications network.
The FCC vote rejected an application filed in 2011 by China Mobile International (USA) Inc. In the most dramatic step yet, the USA raised tariffs to 25% on more than $200 billion in goods from China Friday, as people familiar with the talks said President Xi Jinping's top trade envoy and his US counterparts made little progress on Thursday. The Commerce Department had recommended that denial past year. China Mobile's size and technical resources make it particularly vulnerable to such demands, the government said.
The U.S. and China are also in the middle of high-stakes trade talks.
China Telecom said in a statement it complies with local laws in every market and has operated in accordance with US laws.
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, criticized the agency for not doing enough to protect US networks, adding that Thursday's vote was just "performative security" on an application that had been on "permanent pause" and sitting around for more than eight years.
Now, almost eight years later, the FCC will make its final decision on the application-the outcome doesn't look good for the Chinese carrier.
-With assistance from Jinshan Hong.