FCC Orders China Telecom to Leave United States

 

In a unanimous vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given China Telecom Americas (CTA) 60 days to stop doing business in the United States. In revoking and terminating their license, the FCC cited the company's potential for control by the Chinese government, causing national security concerns. Ownership and control by the Chinese government raises potential risks that could allow the Chinese government to potentially access, store and even misroute U.S. communications.

 

The FCC was following up to numerous recommendations from several branch agencies. They began its review after reports from the Dept. of Justice questioned China Telecom's compliance with federal and state cybersecurity and privacy laws.

 

CTA is a leading provider of customer end-to-end network, cloud and data center services in China and over 110 countries worldwide.

 

 

President Biden Nominates Two Candidates to the FCC

 

President Biden has made two key FCC nominations. He designated Jessica Rosenworcel as the permanent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair and nominated her to another term to the Commission. Rosenworcel has been serving as acting chair and a member of the agency since 2012.

 

Rosenworcel will be forced to leave the commission at the end of the year unless the Senate confirms her to a new five-year term. She has made broadband deployment a number one priority as part of her platform, pushing hard to get every household nationwide connected to the internet.

 

Biden also nominated Gigi Sohn, a Democrat, to fill the Commission's fifth commissioner seat. Sohn, a top advisor to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, has been a strong proponent of net neutrality. She has most recently worked at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology, Law & Policy.

 

Both candidates must still be confirmed by the Senate. Their nominations have ended an impatient wait by both House and Senate leaders to fill the vacancies.  Without a permanent chair, and a 2-2 deadlock of Democratic

to Republican commissioners, the agency was forced to only move forward with bipartisan measures. If both candidates are successful with their respective confirmations, Democrats will hold a 3-2 majority.

 

 

Governor DeWine Signs Robocalling Bill into Law

 

Ohio has taken steps to fight robocalls and impose stiff penalties for spoofing - making a call appear to come from a different place, often a familiar number. SB 54, heavily supported by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, will give the state more authority to prosecute robocallers and crack down on phone scams.

 

The bill allows the AG to add civil penalties of up to $1,500 for each robocall or spoofing caller ID violation, for defrauding the elderly, disabled or a member of the military. The legislation also elevates the offense from a fifth-degree felony to a fourth degree, which carries a potential sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

 

 

Ohio Candidates Carey and Brown Win U.S. House Seats

 

Republican Mike Carey, a political outsider and former coal lobbyist, won Ohio's 15th Congressional District race, defeating Democratic State Representative Allison Russo. Carey was backed by former President Donald Trump and Russo was endorsed by President Joe Biden.

 

Carey replaces the previous officeholder Republican Steve Stivers, who resigned after serving 10 years in Congress, to become the CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

 

Democrat Shontel Brown coasted to a victory for the 11th Congressional District, formerly held by Marcia Fudge, who stepped down to become Housing and Urban Development Secretary in the Biden Administration. Brown, a former Cuyahoga Council member, defeated Republican Laverne Gore, a local business owner.

 

Both candidates defeated a field of Republican and Democrat contenders in a special primary election held in their respective districts in August. Carey and Brown will fill the remainder of their predecessors terms which run until January 2023.  In order to hold on to their seats, they must face re-election again next year under a new Congressional map that is currently being challenged at the Ohio Supreme Court.

 

 

Former Ohio AG in the Running for Job in Biden Administration

 

Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray is being considered by the White House to become the Federal Reserve's top banking regulator.

 

Cordray, a Democrat, has held numerous positions as an elected official, including Ohio's state treasurer and a state representative. He lost his 2018 bid for governor against Governor Mike DeWine. Cordray was also appointed as Ohio's first solicitor general.

 

Cordray has also been employed with the federal government, holding a position leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He currently heads the Federal Education Department's division that oversees student loans.

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