Program Participant

Name:Anna Oriishi
TitleCompany:Doctoral Candidate, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan
Bio:Anna Oriishi is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University whose research focus encompasses policymaking and implementation in information communication technology (ICT). She is currently researching U.S. telecommunication regulations and the interagency group known as “Team Telecom,” identifying what factors change in review methods and results. Her core interest is communication and her policy interests include national conflicts, the administrative structure, and the relationship between the government and the public in the field of ICT. Anna earned her BA in Environment and Information Studies and MA in Media and Governance from Keio University. During her master's program, she passed the national civil servant exam and joined the Japanese government as a bureaucrat alongside her studies. After completing her Ph.D., Anna hopes to lead a wide range of public policy research and spend her life in academia.
Title:You can find Anna in:
Tuesday, 17 January 202315:30–16:45Advancing Research: PTC’s 2023 Emerging ScholarsMPCC, South Pacific 2PTC23PROGRTS_EMERGING_2


Award:PTC'23 Emerging Scholar
The U.S. Executive Branch has advised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on telecommunications licenses relating to national security and law enforcement for over twenty years. In April 2020, a group known as “Team Telecom” was formalized by Executive Order 13913. Since then, there have been concerns about the unseen impact on applicants, including the revocation of Chinese companies’ Section 214 licenses. However, disagreements often arise among operators, the government, and regulators with little independent assessment of what Team Telecom intends to achieve by formalizing. Accordingly, this paper compares FCC license records between 2001 and 2022 to better understand informal and formalized Team Telecom. We show that formalized Team Telecom has achieved two major changes that were not previously possible: (a) the revocation of licenses without mitigation agreements and (b) the reassessment of mitigation agreements at any time that leads to the voluntary surrender of licenses. Against the backdrop of China’s global rise, formalization resolves the issue of traditional reviews that relied on results at the time of approval. This reveals that formalized Team Telecom increases the risk of retroactive revocation of existing licenses, including non-Chinese licensees.