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FCC shuts down, no new phone approvals until our fearless leaders sort it out

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FCC shuts down, no new phone approvals until our fearless leaders sort it out
One of the less intended government shutdown consequences is that the FCC has to put its contingency plans in motion, and scrap all non-essential activities. Unfortunately, when it is not trying to auction airwaves for billions of dollars, the Commission also tests and gives its ultimate approval for each and every handset in the US. 

That's done with now, as FCC will keep about 40 staff on file to maintain and protect its equipment, but its more than 1700 other employees will be furloughed until our fearless leaders end their pissing contest. "Equipment authorizations, including those bringing new electronic devices to American consumers, cannot be provided," advised the FCC in a statement.

Yep, that includes new phone arrivals, so everything that's not on the market yet - from the Google Nexus 5, to the Lumia 929 for Verizon - might be facing a launch delay if it hasn't passed all the necessary tests with the FCC yet. Don't even bother going to fcc.gov, as that one is in furlough as well.

source: FCC

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posted on 02 Oct 2013, 08:46 2

1. Sakeem (Posts: 304; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Oh boy!

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:08 4

19. akki20892 (Posts: 3623; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo it's a girl

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:18 5

26. Sakeem (Posts: 304; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


lol. I guess they are all acting like young girls.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 03:53

55. cezarepc (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


I always thought politics will never affect my daily life.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 08:49 1

2. dorianb (Posts: 422; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


FCC (dot) GOV.....
smmfh

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 08:51 1

3. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


And i thought the UK government was a headache and a half. I want a nexus 5!!!

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:05 1

6. boosook (Posts: 1080; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I thought the same of the Italian government! ;) But I see we're in good company.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:25

11. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


and i thought the same about the Indian one. Company co
pany everywhere

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 08:54 7

4. mfcdvm (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Aug 2009)


I know the fearless leaders headline was sarcasm. They are in fact spineless cowards who
are getting fat at the trough of American taxpayer. Both parties are at fault and are a
national and international embarrassment. Imagine getting paid for not doing your job and having to have a special vote to pay our service personnel who's bravery allows them to sit in D.C.
and do this to the country. Nauseating

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:17 4

10. rallyguy (Posts: 572; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


They don't give a crap about the people. I'm glad there are a few, and I mean a few, that will stand up for what is right. But 99% of them are all about pride and trying to show their power by making the other side loose, all of this while the people and economy take a hit. They are the first ones that should get furloughed.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:49 1

36. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Don't forget, Congress will still get paid during the shutdown, they exempted themselves from it.

A battle being fought mostly over healthcare, which they exempted themselves from also.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 18:08

53. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Does anybody really like the Tea Party? Please arrest and deport these white power hoodlums back to 1938 Nazi Germany, where they belong...

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 08:56 5

5. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


americans....

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:08 5

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 12406; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


ROCK!!!

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:24 4

27. Bernoulli (Posts: 1505; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Not Obama though

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:16 3

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 12406; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


He rocks the most.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 13:42 1

39. Bernoulli (Posts: 1505; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


He rocks my wallet the most

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 15:09 2

43. a_merryman (Posts: 716; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


No more than Bush or Clinton or Bush or Reagan did... or really any other president since the 50's....you know, since taxes are at a 60 year low.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 15:37 2

46. Bernoulli (Posts: 1505; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Um I don't know where you live, but here in Texas they're at an all time high, before missing 350$ a week from pay wasn't a big deal, but now that my salary is the same and Obama snatches 650$ we have a problem, if he really wants to cut down on costs he should start where it matters, like all those parasites feeding from us through unemployment or raping the system through welfare, he could cut costs there, but not from a place that generates revenue, like the FCC

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 15:48 2

47. greathero1 (Posts: 493; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


What!? I too live in the Great State of Texas but if you are getting an extra $300 removed from your check something is definitely wrong. The federal withholding has not spiked at all on my end. It's been the same $400 to $500 depending on if I work overtime or not. You might need to check with your HR department because something is not right. The only large increases to my withholding have nothing to do with the Feds and everything to do with Health Insurance for my daughter and I.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 15:55 1

48. a_merryman (Posts: 716; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Not cause of the federal government, maybe you should look at state and local taxes? Or you could continue to live in a fantasy world.http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-250_162-7326720.html

Taxes didn't go up on anyone making less than 250k a year, so step off your delusional high-horse. If he wants to cut costs, cutting unemployment benefits wont do much. What? Should we cut NASA with its massive .5% of the federal budget's budget too? Why would any reasonable person want to cut unemployment benefits during a recession anyways?

If you really want to cut the costs, move to a single-payer healthcare system and get rid of the expensive for profit model. You know that more of our taxes go to healthcare than countries with single-payer systems like Canada?

Another great way would be to cut the military's budget, congress forces the military to buy weapon systems they don't need or want. And our Defense budget accounts for half of the federal budget. We spend more than the next 10 countries combined, most of which are our staunch allies.

Hmmm, what else, investing in R&D has the biggest payoffs. So maybe we should invest more in infrastructure and R&D so that we have a modern infrastructure and are inventing tomorrow's technologies in America today? Instead of gutting those budgets and the budgets for education.....thank you, conservatives...your priorities are amazing.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 16:46 1

50. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


Taxes didn't go up for anyone making less than 400K and that figure is based on your adjusted gross income - after all your deductions.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 17:00 1

52. a_merryman (Posts: 716; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


My apologies, thanks for correcting me. Luckily, 400k a year impacts even less people.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 16:15

49. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1646; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Oh yes, if by rocks you mean someone who triples the national debt, fails his promises on the economic recovery, fails to fix the housing market and then to top it all off shoving unwanted healthcare down our throat. Then yea, he "rocks" all right you ignorant fool.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 14:19

41. JC557 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Apparently from reading the above, America isn't alone with an inept government.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:07

7. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Can PhoneArena do some indepth reporting and tell us which announced and yet unreleased devices have actually already cleared the F'nCC. We assume that all variants of the Galaxy Note 3 have cleared the dreaded "red tape" but, it would be nice to have confirmation.

I am waiting on the Verizon Galaxy Note Trois 64GB's - pleeeeeeze???

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:15

9. rallyguy (Posts: 572; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


For the most part what you see is what you get.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:51 2

15. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


What a tragedy??? All because of Mr "°O°"

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:56 3

16. emcdonald75 (Posts: 20; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


All because of too much "Tea" in the House of Representatives.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:10

21. papss (unregistered)


I agree with both.. To much ALL governmental idiots

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:12 2

22. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


A good Tea can cleanse the, otherwise, filthy and useless byproduct that stunts good health.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:36 1

28. rallyguy (Posts: 572; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


How is the House responsible when they are the only ones willing to compromise? The Senate and admin wants 100% what they want and nothing else. Please explain.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:37 3

33. emcdonald75 (Posts: 20; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


That is not true. The Senate asked the House for the past 6 months for a conference and they refused. Now they want a conference after the government has shut down. Also, the admin and the Senate wants 100% of what? Not true. All they are asking for is a clean CR (Continuing Resolution). The House wants more tax cuts, the Keystone Pipeline, cuts to food stamp programs, limited EPA regulations and changes to Dodd-Frank, etc. You cannot compromise on a law that was passed by the Congress, signed by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court. The Speaker has the power to bring to the House floor a vote for a clean CR, but he refuses to because he is trying to keep his job. he knows that the Tea Party faction in his party will remove him if he brings a clean CR to the floor for a vote. There you have it. The problem we are in. The House can make changes to the law but you cannot delay or de-fund it.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 14:12 2

40. moomoo4me (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


+1 emcdonal75. Think about this. If the table was turned, and the left will not pass a continue resultion unless stricter gun laws were attached, how would the right react? You can replace stricter gun laws with voting right, abortion, or any other hot topics and you will get no where.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 15:28 1

45. a_merryman (Posts: 716; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


To me it doesn't even matter who does it. I'm liberal, and if the left did this, I would be furious. This is an undemocratic and destructive way of holding the entire country and world's well-being ransom for the vested interests of the minority. When it comes time to paying the bills and raising the debt-ceiling(I dont know why we have a debt-ceiling...it just is asking for trouble), there should be no politics involved. Just pass the bill and move on to the politics. They tried to repeal obamacare like 41 times, this is their last ditch effort. And in doing so they are putting American people out of work, not just government employees, but contracters who work for the government and businesses that cater to mostly government employees. Not to mention making it so the NIH cant admit new people into trial, which can literally cause the deaths of some people. It will cause WIC to shut down which is meant for pregnant women and infants/toddlers to make sure they get proper nutrition. The CDC won't be able to properly respond to outbreaks if they happen. The FDA won't be able to properly inspect food or drugs to make sure they are safe. Brought government funded research to a halt and NASA will probably miss it's window to launch their new mars satellite...so they will have to wait till 2016 to try again for that. Oh, and wind up costing us a few extra billion dollars while getting no work done....smart.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 15:20 2

44. a_merryman (Posts: 716; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I can explain for you: It's as if you owed your landlord rent, and you had space on your credit card, but a small child has your card and won't give it back unless you repeal some random healthcare legislation that was passed 3 years ago.

That healthcare law that passed the House and Senate by popular vote, signed by the executive, taken to the supreme court in a case trying to say it was unconstitutional where it was found to be constitutional. Then the president and his policies as well as the democrats were vetted in the most recent elections by winning the presidency, senate, and the popular vote in the house. The problem is that b/c of gerrymandering, the republicans retained control of the house even though they lost the popular vote by over a millions votes.

So now, the conservatives in the House are refusing to vote on funding and holding the government hostage in order to try to repeal a law that passed through the Democratic process and was deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court. Boehner is using the Hastert Law in order to prevent a simple up-down vote from being called in the house, a vote that could end the shutdown right now. All because the teabaggers want to hold the government ransom to impose their minority will on the people, and it won't be the last time they try this tactic if it works. House republicans are acting like spoiled children who got their way by using this tactic once, and think it will work again.

Sorry, it annoys me when people say the blame is equal. It isn't, The executive branch and the Senate are functioning like adults, the democrats in the House are acting like adults, some of the republicans in the House are acting like adults...it is the teabaggers and Boehner that aren't.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 16:54 1

51. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


I agree with you 100%. The republicans ran on overturning Obamacare and they lost the presidency, the Senate and the popular vote in the House and they still want to force their ideology on everyone. It's time for them to move on. They lost.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 20:42

54. JC557 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I don't want to keep spending my hard earned money on people that aren't even related to me through Obamacare and other increasingly generous welfare options. It should only be a temporary safety net for those who have a good work history.

Nothing wrong with the conservatives and Tea party members fighting against it.

Remember, we have to pass the bill to know what's in it. And then Harry Reid says that he works for the government not for the constituents.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 11:01

56. moomoo4me (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


I agree with you that money should be spent wisely. However, correct me if I am wrong, one of the main point to this bill was to save money (rising healthcare cost). Whenever a person without insurance or the means to pay, landed in the emergency room, you, me, and everyone else pay for that care, either through the government or higher premium cost. According to Wikipedia, in 2007, there is approximately 37 million adult (18-64) without insurance, and 27 million of those (may not be accurate) work part time. Think of the cost if those people landed in the emergency room because they did not have access to a doctor.

Preventative care is wildly believe to be a cheaper solution than the emergency room. With the healthcare law everyone is required to have health care, which means they get preventative care. Isn't that a good thing?

I don't want to sound angry, but I think people, in general, needs to keep in mind that our government give out generous "welfare" to big business and the wealthy as well though tax breaks, subsidies, and other wasteful spending, which does not correlate to new hiring or business expansion.

So if helping the less fortunate, by providing them the basic, and a base for them to grow out of their current situation equal handouts; while giving large corporations tax break and subsidies equal smart business decision, I must be crazy.

Back to phone. Please don't delay the nokia 929 because of this.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:26 1

12. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


What about the Nexus 5 international release?

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:34

13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Okay it seems it's already passed the FCC so there should be no problems releasing it.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:41 1

14. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


This stinks!!!

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:04 5

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1792; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


People think about it. THE FCC IS SHUT DOWN! Time for everyone on TV and radio to start dropping F bombs left and right, how about some boobs on Dancing With the Stars. Gotta make use of the time while you have it.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:09

20. axllebeer (Posts: 266; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


Never thought of it that way lol.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:16

24. jaychildz (Posts: 106; Member since: 31 May 2013)


HAHA this guy knows what im talkin about! +1

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:16 3

25. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


lol ... Someone go back to 2003 and get Janet - QUICK!! :)

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:08

18. papss (unregistered)


Maybe we can cut down on spending.. I hope it stays down until after the first of the hear.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:13

23. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


To all my Verizon Wireless kin, sadly, Verizon's Galaxy Note 3's have not passed the FCC .... '(

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:36

29. jkchad (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


Not true, they passed through in early September! Good try though.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 13:38

57. jaychildz (Posts: 106; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Yea that s**ts on pre-order now whats he talkin about

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:50

30. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6689; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


How can u call our leaders fearless? THEY DONT DESERVE TO get paid if everyone on the GOV'T loose his/her job and pay then CONGRESS/PRESIDENT dont deserve a DIME.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:40

34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1792; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


We could take away their pay and they'd still have plenty from campaign contributions, kickbacks, and PAC money. One of the only jobs where you can get paid for doing everything BUT doing your job (representing their constituency).

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:56

31. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


AMERICA!!!... damnit...

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:41 2

35. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1792; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


That's 'MERICA!!! ;)

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:53

37. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


THIS IS MURKA!!

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 13:31

38. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Whelp. Looks like I gotta go for the G2 instead, :( f*cking hate this disgusting place.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 14:21

42. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Daniel P., have you considered "one of the least intended" vs your original "on of the less intended".

In grammar, it should be "10 items or fewer" and not "10 items or less".

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