When reviewing a transaction over which it has regulatory authority, the FCC employs a shot clock to move things along in a timely manner. It has been frozen for the duration of the government shutdown.
The FCC lost financing, along with most of the federal government, 10/1/13. The shot clock for all pending transactions stopped the prior business day, which was 9/30/13.
The duration of the clock is 180 days.
The clock will begin ticking again the second business day after the FCC’s funding has been restored, giving the FCC a day to get back up to speed before turning its attention to normal regulatory matters.
The FCC explained, “Thus, for example, if a lapse in funding ended on a Monday, the Commission would return to normal operations on Tuesday morning, and the time clocks would be restarted on Wednesday.”