According to a speech delivered last week by FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel, the Commission will likely propose a rule to regularly re-assess a foreign carrier’s authorization to provide service. The re-reviews would account for evolving national security risks. “Stay tuned,” she said.
FCC Commissioner says that CFIUS should take action to ban TikTok
Brendan Carr, one of the five commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, told the media that CFIUS should take action to stop U.S. data on TikTok from flowing back to China. “I don’t believe there is a path forward for anything other than a ban,” he said. Details and context inside.
FCC to fine U.S. telecom firm for exceeding foreign ownership limits
The Federal Communications Commission has accused a U.S. wireless carrier of “repeatedly” transferring control of its FCC licenses to foreign individuals. The firm’s parent company in London will be fined $600,639. Details, the case, and what this may signal about Team Telecom are inside.
FCC seeks input on standardized set of national security questions
The FCC is seeking comments on a set of questions for applications that will get foreign-ownership reviews by Team Telecom. Details on the “standardized national security and law enforcement questions,” the public notice, instructions, contacts, and more are inside.
Compliance Reminder: New Team Telecom rules effective Dec. 28
As we covered back in October, the FCC has adopted a new Team Telecom review process that should improve the transparency and timeliness of foreign ownership reviews. The new review process becomes effective this week. Details, downloads, fact sheets and contacts are inside.
FCC approves iHeartMedia request to take more foreign investment
A decision to allow iHeartMedia to take on additional foreign investors shows that Team Telecom is welcoming foreign participation in the nation’s communications system. Caroline Brown of Crowell & Moring says companies with similar pending transactions might want to review the LOA. Download the decision inside.
FCC streamlines its process for reviewing foreign ownership
This week, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that should improve the transparency and timeliness of foreign ownership reviews. Details on the new “Team Telecom” review process, and how it relates to CFIUS, are inside.