During the government shutdown, only a few dozen of the over 1,700 FCC employees are at work, including the acting chairwoman, two commissioners, and a handful of other “essential” employees. Merger reviews, approvals of new wireless devices, and managing comments and complaints have all ceased. Also on hold are the first-ever incentive spectrum auctions, including an auction of new low-power FM airwaves. When the shutdown is over, the FCC will be under a substantial backlog reviewing applications, comments, and mergers that could not be resolved during this time.
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