Impact of U.S. Federal Government Shutdown and Debt-Ceiling Impasse on the FCC: Most Operations Suspended

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has furloughed 98 percent of 1,754 employees, leaving only 38 people to serve as emergency contacts for staff, monitor network outage reporting systems, and support national security functions. The FCC has disabled its website, including all consumer advisories, comment filing databases, licensing databases, and complaint intake mechanisms. The FCC has also shut down its phone lines; ceased issuing new wireless, wireline, and broadcast licenses; and turned off the lights in its facility to process equipment certifications for new electronic devices.

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