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

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



1. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Oh boy!

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo it's a girl

26. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

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

55. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I always thought politics will never affect my daily life.

2. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

FCC (dot) GOV..... smmfh

3. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

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

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

11. No_Nonsense unregistered

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

4. mfcdvm

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 23, 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

10. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

36. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

53. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

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

5. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011


8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


41. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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???

9. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

16. emcdonald75

Posts: 163; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

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

21. papss unregistered

I agree with both.. To much ALL governmental idiots


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

28. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

33. emcdonald75

Posts: 163; Member since: Nov 07, 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.

40. moomoo4me

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 02, 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.

45. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

44. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

51. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

54. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

56. moomoo4me

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 02, 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.

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What about the Nexus 5 international release?

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