Submarine data cables are a cause of concern in the United States
Submarine data cables are a cause of concern in the United States

A member of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has called for an examination of the submarine data cables, which carry nearly all of the world's Internet traffic.

"We need to scrutinize submarine data cables from enemy states," said FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks.

"This includes the four submarine cables between the United States and China, most of which are owned by Chinese state-owned companies," he added.

The United States has repeatedly expressed its concern about China's role in handling network traffic and potential espionage activities.

About 300 submarine cables form the backbone of the Internet and carry 99% of global data traffic.

"The FCC must ensure that enemy states and other hostile parties cannot tamper with, block, or intercept communications," Starks said.

In April, after US authorities raised national safety concerns, the FCC approved Google's request to use some submarine communications cables between the United States and Asia, but not the cables. From Hong Kong.

Google has agreed to operate a portion of the 8,000-mile optical cable system in the Pacific Ocean between the United States and Taiwan.

Google and Facebook helped pay for the full link, but US regulators banned its use.

In August, the two companies abandoned their proposal to use the Hong Kong market.

A Facebook partner requested approval from the Federal Communications Commission to use some cables between the Philippines and the United States.

Starks noted that on September 10, Facebook, Amazon and China Mobile withdrew their request to connect to the bay-to-bay region, which is part of the Bay-to-Bay Express cable system.

The two companies announced to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they will work to obtain licenses for the reconfiguration systems acceptable to the Trump administration.

In April, the Federal Communications Commission rejected China Mobile's app to operate in the United States.

"The question is not just where are the wired platforms, but who owns them and who operates them," said Starks.

The Federal Communications Commission said in April that it may suspend operations of three state-controlled Chinese telecom companies in the United States: China Telecom America, China Unicom America and Pacific Networks and its wholly owned subsidiary (Comment). .

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