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Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi Speaks Out Against China Mobile’s FCC License Request

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A Chinese mobile provider’s request to offer cell service between the U.S. and China has one state lawmaker worried about future possibilities.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi says China Mobile recently applied for a service license through the Federal Communications Commission. They also would plan to build several facilities in the United States.

Recently, the Assemblyman wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, urging him to deny the company’s request. Citing reports from The New York Times, Brindisi says allowing the company in could open doors for hackers to infiltrate military installations.

“Do we want to grant a license to a state-owned Chinese mobile provider that wants to build facilities here in America with all this going on, or do we want to take a second look and make sure that our own systems are protected before we give unprecedented access to our nation’s computer systems,” Brindisi said.

Brindisi also says approving the China Mobile license right now is akin to “giving a hacker the password to your personal computer.”

“With the defense installations that we already have here such as Rome Labs, as well as the defense contractors that are already operating in this area, this could be a real threat to the security not only of the country, but to this area,” Brindisi said. “[It's] because we have so many defense contractors here.”

China has already denied being behind any of the hacking, but continued incidents are prompting the Obama administration to address the issue and the two nations’ tenuous relationship.

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