FCC Adopts Standard Foreign Ownership Questions

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The Federal Communications Commission has adopted a standard set of national security and law enforcement questions for companies with foreign ownership seeking to participate in the U.S. telecommunications market.  These questions will generally apply to companies submitting applications to provide international telecommunications services, deploy submarine cables, operate certain wireless and broadcast facilities, and assign or transfer control of such licenses.

Applicants with foreign ownership will provide answers to the standard questions directly to the Executive Branch’s Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector (Committee) either before or at the same time they file their applications with the FCC.

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