FCC Preps for Shutdown


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As the partial government shutdown continues, the FCC will be affected beginning tomorrow. The agency has funding through today and is able to remain open and pay staff at least through the close of business.

However, if the lapsed funding situation continues, beginning tomorrow, Thursday, January 3, the agency will suspend most of its operations at mid-day. The Commission plans to release a notice today detailing the effects of the shutdown on electronic filing and database systems, filing deadlines, regulatory and application fee payments and transaction shot clocks.  

Some duties will continue, such as work required for the protection of life and property. The 28 GHz spectrum auction will proceed as well. It’s funded by auction proceeds. Additionally, the Office of the Inspector General will continue operations until further notice.

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

January 2, 2019

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