The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed plans to cover reviews of non-domestic companies providing telecom services in the US.
These proposed rules are being applied to mitigate potential security threats, said the regulator.
The proposal has been put forward by FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and would see the Commission 'periodically reassess and consider renewing existing authorizations for foreign-owned companies to provide telecommunications services in the US,' while working with national security agencies.
Rosenworcel's proposal is set to go to a vote next month.
"Across the board, the FCC is taking clear and decisive action to address national security risks in our communications networks," Rosenworcel said.
"That is why it is so important to have the agency regularly review foreign companies’ authorizations to provide telecommunications services in the United States. If a provider poses a threat that cannot be mitigated, we will take the steps necessary to remove their access to our networks."
Rosenworcel noted that such moves "will ensure that changing national security considerations are reflected in existing authorizations under Section 214 of the Communications Act."
In her proposal, Rosenworcel refers to the FCC revoking the operating authorities of four Chinese state-owned carriers, including China Telecom, under Section 214.