Facebook and Amazon Hoping FCC Will Approve New Cable

Facebook and Amazon Hoping FCC Will Approve New Cable By David Shepardson August 15, 2021 WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) have asked the U.S. government for approval to operate a new undersea data cable between the Philippines and California after China Mobile (0941.HK) agreed to exit the plan, a government agency said on Friday. [...]

2021-08-16T14:02:53-04:00August 15th, 2021|Categories: Current Systems|Tags: , , , , |

FCC Calls for New Scrutiny of Submarine Cables

FCC Commissioner Calls for New Scrutiny of Undersea Data Cables By David Shepardson, Reuters September 30, 2020 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A member of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday called for new scrutiny of undersea cables that transmit nearly all the world’s internet data traffic. “We must take a closer look at cables with [...]

2020-10-01T10:17:57-04:00October 1st, 2020|Categories: State of the Industry|Tags: , , , |

FCC Formalizing “Team Telecom” Process

FCC Releases Draft Order Formalizing “Team Telecom” Process By Covington & Burling LLP, Lexology September 17, 2020 Last week, the Federal Communications Commission circulated a draft order that will formalize its coordination with what has been known as “Team Telecom”—the national security review process for foreign investments in U.S. telecommunications companies. The draft order, which the FCC [...]

2020-09-18T10:10:39-04:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: State of the Industry|Tags: , , , , |

Google, Facebook Dump Plans for US-Hong Kong Cable

Google, Facebook Dump Plans for US-Hong Kong Undersea Cable By Todd Shields, Bloomberg August 28, 2020 Google and Facebook Inc. dropped plans for an undersea cable between the U.S. and Hong Kong after the Trump administration said Beijing might use the link to collect information on Americans. But the companies quickly submitted a revised proposal that includes links [...]

2020-09-01T10:10:26-04:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Future Systems|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Team Telecom Formalized into New Committee

‘Team Telecom’ Formalized into New Committee; Increased Scrutiny of Chinese Involvement in US Telecommunications Services Continues By White & Case April 15, 2020 On April 4, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) establishing the ‘Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector’ (the Committee). The Committee replaces [...]

2020-04-16T12:00:16-04:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: State of the Industry|Tags: , , , , , , |

Google Approved to Use US-Taiwan Portion of PLCN

Google Set to Use US-Taiwan Undersea Cable By Chris Chang, Taiwan News April 9, 2020 TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Google's plan to use a U.S.-Taiwan undersea telecommunications cable on Wednesday (April 9), but banned the section between the U.S. and Hong Kong. U.S. authorities allowed Google to operate [...]

2020-04-09T10:58:00-04:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Future Systems|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Attorney General Will Chair Committee to Review Foreign Participation in the U.S. Telecommunications Sector

Attorney General Will Chair Committee to Review Foreign Participation in the U.S. Telecommunications Sector United States Department of Justice Press Release April 7, 2020 Executive Order Formally Establishes Committee to Review Applications for FCC Licenses for National Security and Law Enforcement Concerns On Saturday, the President by Executive Order formally established an interagency committee to [...]

CFIUS Approves TPG, Vodafone Merger

TPG Receives Tick From US for Vodafone Australia Merger By Chris Duckett, ZDNet March 26, 2020 A month after the Federal Court of Australia approved the merger of TPG and Vodafone Hutchison, the transaction has received the tick of approval from US regulators. US approval was needed as one of TPG's subsea cables passes through [...]

2020-03-26T11:21:47-04:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , , |

FCC Amends Outage Reporting Requirements

FCC Amends Certain Aspects of Submarine Cable Outage Reporting Requirements By Womble Bond Dickinson, Lexology December 30, 2019 The Federal Communication Commission (FCC or Commission) has issued an Order on Reconsideration (Order) that reexamined and amended certain aspects of the submarine cable outage reporting requirements, outlined in the Submarine Cable Outage Reporting Order. The Commission [...]

2020-01-06T09:55:27-05:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: State of the Industry|Tags: , , , , |

FCC Statement Hints At Possible Team Telecom Reform

FCC Commissioner O’Rielly Statement Hints at Possible Long-Awaited Movement on Team Telecom Review Process Reform By Chip Yorkgitis, Steve Augustino and Denise Smith, CommLaw Monitor April 19, 2018 In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) initiated a rulemaking proceeding proposing changes to the process of reviewing certain Section 214 and submarine cable landing [...]