On paper, this October appears to be a busy month for regulatory deadlines. But the lack of congressional action to fund the federal government for the coming year (or “continuing resolutions” adopted to allow government agencies to function at their current levels) is making a federal government shutdown appear inevitable. If a government shutdown does occur, the FCC, the FTC, and the Copyright Office may also shutdown – which, as with previous shutdowns, may result in many of the regulatory deadlines discussed below being delayed.
According to the August 2023 FCC Shutdown Plan, if a potential lapse in appropriations is imminent, the FCC will determine whether and for how long prior year funds will be made available to continue all agency operations during a lapse. To date, however, the FCC has not stated whether it plans to remain open – and if so, for how long – if a government shutdown does occur. Details from the FCC and other agencies should be released shortly given the shutdown that may well occur this weekend.
Until we receive such guidance, the tentative October regulatory deadlines for broadcasters are provided below. Even if the government does shut down, these dates will likely be rescheduled for soon after the funding issue is resolved. So, let’s look at the upcoming deadlines. Continue Reading October Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Nationwide EAS Test, Annual EEO Public File Reports, Retransmission Consent Elections, Biennial Ownership Reports, and More (If the Government is Open)