FCC Activities Will Cease on Thursday if Partial Government Shutdown Continues
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in a statement on Monday that it will have to limit it’s operations on Thursday if the partial government shutdown continues.
“All FCC activities will cease” as of mid-day Thursday, January 3rd, “other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property, performing other excepted activities, or those funded through a source other than lapsed appropriations,” the commision stated. It was also reported that the Office of the Inspector General will remain active.
The agency plans to give an update about how exactly that will look on Wednesday, but its effects would likely be wide-ranging. In a document presented by the federal agency, it stated out details of what would happen should the shutdown happen.
“Consumer complaint and inquiry phone lines cannot be answered; consumer protection and local competition enforcement must cease; licensing services, including broadcast, wireless, and wireline, must cease; management of radio spectrum and the creation of new opportunities for competitive technologies and services for the American public must be suspended; and equipment authorizations, including those bringing new electronic devices to American consumers, cannot be provided.”
This action will also impact the commission’s employees as it will result in the large number of them to be sent home, with less than 20% continuing with their normal work schedule together with the leaders of the commission.
A quarter of the government has been shut down since 22 December 2018 due to a stalemate between congressional Democrats and the White House over President Trump’s demand for a border wall. The president is seeking $5 billion but Democrats are only willing to provide $1.3 billion for border security and nothing for the wall.
President Trump is expected to meet with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday to try to break the deadlock.