FCC back in business as government reopens

10/17/2013 | Broadcasting & Cable

The Federal Communications Commission reopened its doors today to 1,700 employees who had been furloughed since Oct. 1, after Congress agreed on a plan Wednesday night to raise the debt ceiling, at least temporarily. While the commission had kept a skeleton staff on board, work on merger reviews had come to a halt, and the agency had shuttered its website, which prevented comments from being filed on an array of FCC proceedings. Some trade groups warned that the debt-ceiling deal could lead to a similar shutdown in three months.

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