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NTIA Statement on China Mobile’s Section 214 Application to the FCC

July 02, 2018

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BACKGROUND:  In 2011, China Mobile applied for a Section 214 license through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to offer telecommunications services from within the United States. Per international licensing procedures, the FCC requested Executive Branch views on whether the application for the license was in the public interest of the United States.

The following statement is from David J. Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, U.S. Department of Commerce:

“After significant engagement with China Mobile, concerns about increased risks to U.S. law enforcement and national security interests were unable to be resolved. Therefore, the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration pursuant to its statutory responsibility to coordinate the presentation of views of the Executive Branch to the FCC, recommends that the FCC deny China Mobile’s Section 214 license request.”

NTIA’s filing can be found here:


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NTIA, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that advises the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, advancing public safety communications, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth.