China Mobile Retains New Counsel for FCC 214 License Application

According to the FCC notice on September 18, 2014, China Mobile (USA) Inc. has retained new counsel in its FCC 214 international license application proceeding. China Mobile (USA) filed for the FCC 214 international license on September 1, 2011 with reference number ITC-214-20110901-00289. Due to fears of spying, China Mobile’s FCC 214 license application has been pending by the FCC and Team Telecom for more than 3 years.

It is said, China Mobile’s FCC 214 license approval was suspended by Team Telecom, which comprises of officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Department of Defense (DoD).

Team Telecom scrutinizes national security and law enforcement aspects of applications for licenses and transaction consents filed with the FCC. Team Telecom could advise the FCC not to issue the license, but may instead demand a signed agreement designed to satisfy security concerns. Team Telecom does not act pursuant to any particular law, has adopted no formal regulations, and retains substantial power and discretion.

Concerned about possible cyber spying, Team Telecom officials are debating whether to take the unprecedented step of recommending that a Chinese government-owned mobile phone giant be denied a license to offer international service to American customers.

After 3-year’s waiting and claiming with the FCC and Team Telecom without any positive prospect, China Mobile retained Mr.Kent Bressie of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP as the new counsel in the FCC 214 international license application proceeding. While the former counsel from Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP has been withdrawn earlier in July.

Mr. Kent Bressie, Partner and Head of International Practice of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, is well-known lawyer specializing in telecommunications, foreign investment, and national security regulation. Mr. Kent Bressie has delivered many valued presentations at the PTC and submarine cable forums, regarding the US national security, the FCC licensing, Team Telecom and regulations of submarine cable systems.

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