• Government Reopens; FCC Issues Notice Extending Deadlines
  • October 23, 2013
  • Law Firm: Keller Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • The FCC was back up and running late last week after Congress passed a budget effectively ending the 16 day government shutdown.  Licensees and Frequency Coordinators are now able to submit the applications held while the Universal Licensing System (ULS) was “offline” from October 1- 16. 

    The FCC’s first order of business post-shutdown was to issue a statement on its website suspending all filing deadlines through today, October 21.   The statement was quickly followed up by a Public Notice issued late Thursday extending the deadline for nearly all filings, except for the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) and other specified filings, which were otherwise due during or immediately after the shutdown.

    In perhaps the most important change for Private Land Mobile and Microwave licensees, the Notice extended all ULS Applications and Notifications due between October 1 and November 4.  These filings are now due on November 4, 2013.  Additionally, the FCC created a modified schedule for filings between October 1 and November 4 to provide additional time for filers who did not have access to FCC documents during the shutdown.