FCC, FTC Closed During Government Shutdown, Further Delaying Much Needed TCPA Clarity

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a press release earlier this week stating that it will suspend operations midday today due to running out of funding caused by the partial shutdown of the federal government.

In a notice released on Wednesday, January 2, the FCC outlined the impact of the shutdown to its operations. The notice states that many of the FCC’s operational functions will be unavailable. The FCC will remain open to for spectrum auction activities, as they are funded by the auctions and not impacted by the government shutdown, and for emergencies.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) remains closed due to lack of funding from the partial shutdown. The shutdown makes the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry, Complaint Assistant, and Identitytheft.gov unavailable.

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