Trump Creates Committee to Assist FCC in Reviewing Foreign Participation Licenses
Monday, April 06, 2020 | Comments

The White House established a committee “to assist the FCC in its public interest review of national security and law enforcement concerns that may be raised by foreign participation in the United States telecommunications services sector.”

The Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector will review applications and licenses for risks to national security and law enforcement interests posed by such applications or licenses. The committee will also recommend to the FCC that it dismiss an application, deny an application, condition the grant of an application upon compliance with mitigation measures, modify a license with a condition of compliance with mitigation measures, or revoke a license.

The committee will be composed of the following members: the secretary of defense, attorney general, secretary of homeland security and the head of any other executive department or agency, or any assistant to the president, as the president determines appropriate. The attorney general shall serve as chair of the committee.

The committee will have at least 12 federal or other advisors. The full executive order is here.

“I applaud the president for formalizing Team Telecom review and establishing a process that will allow the Executive Branch to provide its expert input to the FCC in a timely manner,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “Now that this executive order has been issued, the FCC will move forward to conclude our own pending rulemaking on reform of the foreign ownership review process. As we demonstrated last year in rejecting the China Mobile application, this FCC will not hesitate to act to protect our networks from foreign threats. At the same time, we welcome beneficial investment in our networks and believe that this executive order will allow us to process such applications more quickly.”

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