The Federal Communications Commission said Monday that it will have to suspend most of its operations by mid-Thursday if the partial government shutdown continues.
The FCC will continue the “work required to protect life and property,” as well as work related to spectrum auctions, as they are funded by money raised from auctioning spectrum licenses. The Office of the Inspector General, responsible for conducting internal reviews, audits, and investigations of FCC programs and operations, will also remain open until further notice.
In a document outlining what must happen for an “orderly shutdown,” the FCC said suspended activities will include: “Consumer complaint and inquiry hotlines cannot be answered; Consumer protection and enforcement of the Local competition must cease; licensing services, including transmission, wireless, and cable services, must cease; management of the radio spectrum and the creation of new opportunities for competitive technologies and services for the U.S. public must be suspended; and they can provide authorizations for equipment, including those that bring new electronic devices to US consumers. “
The FCC added that it will release more information on Wednesday about what will happen if it needs to suspend operations, including how it will affect electronic file and database systems, submission deadlines, regulatory fee payments and request and “emergency clocks”, also known as the time allotted to approve or deny pending transactions.
The partial government shutdown continued on its 11th day, as President Donald Trump refuses to back down from his demands for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, forcing 800,000 federal employees to go out of work or work without pay. House Democrats have said they are preparing to introduce bills that will end the shutdown, but will not include funding for the wall.