— The Federal Communications Commission suspended its website
on Tuesday in the wake
of the shutdown of the federal government triggered by an impasse between
Republicans and Democrats over Obamacare.
“We regret the disruption, but during the federal government-wide shutdown, the
FCC is limited to performing duties that are immediately necessary for the
safety of life or the protection of property,” the commission’s URL placeholder
stated. “FCC online systems will not be available until further notice.”
Links were posted to six forms that included a directive on procedures for
“Any materials, with the exception of [Network Outage Reporting System]
filings, that otherwise would be required to be filed with the commission
during the suspension of operations or on the day of return to normal
operations ,will be due on the business day following the day of return to normal
The NORS filing system will remain available during the shutdown for reporting
disruptions to telecommunications networks.