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Trump Creates Telecom Service Review Panel for Foreign Companies (1)

April 4, 2020, 6:06 PMUpdated: April 4, 2020, 6:57 PM

A new Cabinet-level committee will assess whether foreign entities should be allowed to participate in the U.S. telecommunications services sector, under an executive order by President Donald Trump.

The committee, led by Attorney General William Barr, will assist the Federal Communications Commission in its “public interest review of national security and law enforcement concerns” that may be raised by foreign companies that want to enter the sector, according to the order the White House released Saturday.

The committee is being established amid Trump administration concerns about espionage risks associated with the launch of 5G networks. The administration has barred U.S. companies from doing business with Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. over national security concerns.

The new panel will review applications before the FCC involving foreign entities, and issue recommendations on whether the agency should approve or reject them based on national security concerns. Other committee members include the Defense and Homeland Security secretaries.

(Updated with additional reporting)

To contact the reporter on this story: Jon Reid in Washington at jreid@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com

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