February 26, 2020 / 8:57 PM / a month ago

Senator wants U.S. agencies to review sale of AT&T subsidiary to Czech-owned conglomerate

WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Wednesday asked the Trump administration to review the national security implications of AT&T’s Inc’s planned sale of its majority stake in Central European Media Group Enterprises (CME) to the Czech-owned conglomerate PPF Group.

Rubio wrote the Czech company has a record of acting as “China’s proxies insides the Czech Republic” and added that PPF-owned telecommunications firms are working with Huawei Technologies Co to develop 5G networks.

The CME Group operates in the Czech Republic as well as Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia, reaching around 97 million people and owns some of most-watched news programming in Central and Eastern Europe, Rubio said.

AT&T did not immediately comment. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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