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Executive Branch Recommendation for a Partial Denial and Partial Grant of the Application for a Submarine Cable Landing License for the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN)

Date: 
June 17, 2020

Interested Executive Branch agencies submit this recommendation to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) that it partially deny the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) cable landing license application with respect to PLCN’s connection to Hong Kong and with respect to PLCN’s foreign owners, Hong Kong-based Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd. and China-based ultimate parent entity Dr. Peng Telecom & Media Group Co., Ltd. The Executive Branch recommends that the Commission partially grant the license application for PLCN’s U.S. owners and for PLCN’s connections between the United States, Taiwan, and the Philippines, if prior to the Commission issuing an order, PLCN’s U.S. owners reach final agreements with the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Homeland Security (DHS), and Defense (DOD) on specific mitigation measures that address the Executive Branch’s national security concerns relevant to those portions of the application.

Executive Branch Recommendation for a Partial Denial and Partial Grant of the Application for a Submarine Cable Landing License for the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN)