US Bans "China Unicom Americas"
Industry: Telecommunications | Level: Strategic | Source: BleepingComputer
On January 27th, 2002, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order for China Unicom Americas to cease its services in the US within 60 days. The decision to revoke the China Unicoms' subsidiary's license was cited due to security concerns. In a FCC's statement, "The Order finds that China Unicom Americas' ownership and control by the Chinese government raise significant national security and law enforcement risks by providing opportunities for China Unicom Americas, its parent entities, and the Chinese government to access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute US communications, which in turn allow them to engage in espionage and other harmful activities against the United States."