FCC Shuttered, Ajit Pai Forced To Cancel CES Trip Because The US Government Is a Hot Mess

from the dumpster-fire dept

As you’ve probably noticed, the bickering over a dumb fence most attentive folks realize will never be fully funded or built has resulted in the government partially shutting down, leaving roughly 800,000 government employees furloughed without pay. As garbage and human waste begin to pile up at our under-staffed park system, the FCC this week also announced it would be suspending all but the most essential operations as of last Thursday, with 1,197 of the FCC?s 1,442 employees now left unpaid.

According to the FCC, all investigations into fraud (admittedly few and far between with this FCC), merger review, management of spectrum, and approval and testing of new electronics will grind to a halt. And while the agency’s 911 and network outage complaint systems will remain operational, there will be nobody staffing the agency to respond to consumer or company complaints. The agency did note that things like its ongoing spectrum auction would continue, since the auction is funded by spectrum sale proceeds:

“However, work required for the protection of life and property will continue, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds. In addition, the Office of the Inspector General will continue operations until further notice.”

While he’ll obviously be hamstrung by a lack of resources, Ajit Pai will continue to work, though the shutdown forced him to cancel a scheduled appearance at CES in Las Vegas. It’s technically the second year in a row the FCC boss has had to cancel his planned CES appearance, since last year’s visit was also scuttled after Pai began receiving death threats due to his historically-unpopular attacks on consumer protections like net neutrality.

Worry not though! Pai took to Twitter to joke that he’ll still be around to thwart the use of naughty words on television:

While many will likely (and quite correctly) joke that a shuttered Pai FCC isn’t likely to be much different from an operational Pai FCC given his apathy toward actually doing anything to help consumers or small businesses, the 1,197 FCC employees currently not getting paid over an idiotic fight over metal slats likely aren’t finding this all that funny. And while a shutdown of a few days probably won’t be all that big of a deal, a longer shutdown is going to spell trouble not just for Pai’s unpopular agenda, but also for the oodles of notably less controversial, frequently mundane but essential tasks the FCC engage in on a daily basis.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Border Security - Stop The Invasion

I am interested in your rational for the rather blatant and obvious omission of the wall that used to separate east and west Germany, you know … that one that they tore down?

Why did they tear it down and why was it put in place to begin with? Why should we waste money, time, hot air on something that will just be torn down?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Border Security - Stop The Invasion

Why did they tear it down and why was it put in place to begin with? Why should we waste money, time, hot air on something that will just be torn down?

Looks at who contractors and suppliers who will make billions on this project support, and where they will send their ‘lobbying’… Looks like the cheeto in charge.

When looking for the reason to spend huge amounts of money on stupid projects, look at who will get richer from the project itself (regardless of if it works or not)…

That ‘billion’ dollar computer system that the government threw out after it was delivered 3 years late may have had ZERO success as a project, but it made several millionaire consulting companies.

So is the wall really a wall, or just a way to funnel millions from the government to the cronies who supported the current regime? The project could just as easily be a 50 story tall TRUMP bobble-head standing at the southern border, but it’s a lot harder to explain that to the citizens…

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

There is no guarantee they will get back pay, the government has stiffed people in the past.

If this continues it will not be long till the unpaid seek income elsewhere. I guess that might cause problems for the TSA and therefore anyone attempting to travel but I’m sure the mental midgets in DC have this possibility well under control – LOL, not.

John85851 (profile) says:

I thought Mexico was paying for the wall

Maybe a better economist or political-scientist can explain it, but I thought Trump said Mexico is going to pay for the wall. Why is he fighting for funding for the wall in the US’ budget? Or have people not realized that one action (asking Congress for money) completely negates his previous action (Mexico pays!).
And, yes, I know this issue all about political grand-standing and how Trump can’t go back on his work(um, Mexico pays, remember) and how he has to keep fighting those evil Democrats (“better to be a Communist than a Democrat t-shirts, remember).

That One Guy (profile) says:

Re: I thought Mexico was paying for the wall

Quite right, and you’d think more politicians would use that tactic, for easy political points if nothing else.

‘Why Mister President, you said, on multiple occasions, that mexico, not the US, would be paying for the wall. As such we see no reason to include so much as a single cent for it from the US budget, since by your own words mexico will be footing the bill, and if they haven’t yet done so it would seem it’s up to you to go talk to them about it, not us.’

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