FCC blocks PacNet, ComNet, China Unicom Americas over national security fears

21 Sep 2022

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that its Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has added equipment and services from two entities – Pacific Network Corp (and its wholly-owned subsidiary ComNet USA) and China Unicom Americas – to its ‘Covered List’ of communications equipment/services providers that have been deemed a threat to national security.

FCC chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel commented: ‘Today we take another critical step to protect our communications networks from foreign national security threats. Earlier this year the FCC revoked China Unicom America’s and PacNet/ComNet’s authorities to provide service in the United States because of the national security risks they posed to communications in the United States. Now, working with our national security partners, we are taking additional action to close the door to these companies by adding them to the FCC’s Covered List.’

The so-called Covered List was first published in March 2021 and includes companies whose activities pose an unacceptable risk to national security of the US. PacNet, ComNet and China Unicom are all said to be ‘subject to the exploitation, influence and control of the Chinese government’.