FCC Will Suspend Most Operations This Week If Shutdown Continues

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Monday that it should suspend the vast majority of its operations by mid-Thursday if the incomplete government shutdown proceeds.

The FCC will proceed “work required for the insurance of life and property,” and in addition, work related to spectrum auction, since those are subsidized by the money raised by selling spectrum licenses. The Office of the Inspector General, in charge of conducting internal reviews, audits, and surveys of FCC projects and operations, will likewise stay open until further notice.

In a document underlining what needs to happen for an “efficient shutdown,” the FCC said suspended activities will include: “Consumer complaint and inquiry telephone lines can’t be replied; consumer assurance and local competition enforcement must stop; licensing services, including broadcast, wireless, and wireline, must stop; management of radio spectrum and the creation of new opportunities for competitive technologies and services for the American public must be suspended; and hardware approvals, including those conveying new electronic gadgets to American customers, can’t be given.”

The FCC included that it will release more data today about what will occur in the event that it needs to suspend activities, including how it will influence electronic documenting and database systems, filing due dates, regulatory and application fee payments, and “shot clocks,” otherwise called the timeframe designated for approving or denying pending transactions.

The government shutdown proceeded into its eleventh day as President Donald Trump declines to withdraw on his demands for a wall on the U.S. – Mexico border, constraining 800,000 administrative representatives to abandon work or work without pay. House Democrats have said they are getting ready to present bills that will put an end to the shutdown, however, exclude financing for the wall.

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