How Did the Government Shutdown Impact LMR Filings at the FCC?
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 | Comments

The end of December and most of January challenged the nation as the partial government shutdown impacted nearly 1 million federal employees and dozens of federal agencies. The FCC was one of the agencies affected. As the deadline for the budget resolution draws closer and another shutdown looms, an examination of the impact of the shutdown on land mobile filings at the FCC is in order.

Nearly all of January was encumbered by the partial shutdown, so it is a good metric for how little will happen during another shutdown, if it occurs. A search of the Universal Licensing System (ULS), the FCC licensing database, for January shows the FCC received a total of 87 land mobile applications. This is 5.4 percent of the 1,595 applications received in December 2018. The 87 applications logged in January include 71 business band applications and 16 public-safety band applications.

A resolution to reopen the government passed Jan. 25, and the FCC re-opened Jan. 28. Between Jan. 28 and Feb. 5, 859 applications were received from land mobile coordinators, indicating a backlog that accumulated at the land mobile frequency coordinators. The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) frequency coordination staff said all the applications submitted have now been issued file numbers, and the FCC is up to date. 

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Klaus Bender is vice president of engineering, education and standards at the Utilities Technology Council (UTC). He is also a member of the MissionCritical Communications editorial advisory board. Email Bender at

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