Anxiety: Foreign firm with past violations set to begin overhaul of key U.S. telecom database

Anxiety: Foreign firm with past violations set to begin overhaul of key U.S. telecom database
Things that could go blooey. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video)

[Ed. – Yes, the decision to award this contract to the Swedish firm, which was caught employing a Chinese national in a U.S. government contract in the past — a violation of U.S. law in that case — occurred during the Obama administration.]

An impending overhaul of the national U.S. telecommunications database is prompting fears the transition could spark a catastrophic failure, crippling emergency communications networks across the United States, according to industry insiders who told the Washington Free Beacon the foreign firm handling the upcoming transition may not be prepared to initiate the switch.

On April 8, a foreign firm will initiate the first phase in a Federal Communications Commission-mandated overhaul of the national telecoms database that stores and facilitates millions of American phone numbers.

The national database, known as the Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC), handles 6 billion calls and texts per day, and if the system fails, no calls at all will be able to be placed. It is being taken over by a foreign-owned firm with a past of breaching U.S. national security clauses banning it from employing foreign workers, such as those tied to China.

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