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China Telecom Vows to Defy FCC Eviction, Keep Operating in U.S.

  • Firm in letter challenges FCC sanction aimed at data security
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A pedestrian walks past a China Telecom Corp. store in Shanghai.

A pedestrian walks past a China Telecom Corp. store in Shanghai.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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China Telecom (Americas) Corp. said it intends to continue most of its U.S. operations despite an order from regulators to stop due to espionage concerns.

China Telecom said in a filing that its business-focused telecommunications operations in the U.S. aren’t common-carrier services as the Federal Communications Commission categorized them so the agency’s order doesn’t affect those services.