All federal agencies have been closed since October 1st, and that means only a handful of engineers and IT people are keeping watch at the nation's radio regulatory agency.
What's the impact?
According to the FCC website, only two percent of the more than 1700 employees are working during this shutdown.
Those still on the payroll include three FCC commissioners, and 16 staff members "who will be retained to protect life and property," by staffing the High Frequency Direction Finding Center, known as the HFDC.
Up to eight other employees will handle interference detection and disaster response operations, and a few others will handle treaty negotiations, national security functions and information technology issues.
In short, the FCC bureaucracy has mostly ground to a halt.
No one can apply for or renew a broadcast license, modify a license, or buy or sell a radio or TV station.
What's more, the October 15th application window for LPFM (low power FM radio) licenses will likely have to be pushed back and may create a logjam of applications, once the FCC is open again.
The delay will likely add more expense and headaches for those hoping to secure a coveted license to be heard on the FM dial, says broadcast radio analyst Scott Fybush, owner of Fybush.com and author of the "New England Radio Watch"column.
Non-broadcast radio is similarly hindered.
APCO International, a public safety training and frequency coordination group, is still accepting two-way radio system licensing requests, but they won't be submitted to the FCC until further notice.
For ham radio operators, licensing exams can still be administered through the volunteer examiner (VE) system, but won't be submitted for FCC consideration for the duration of the shutdown.
Ham operators whose licenses expire between October 1st and the date that FCC service resumes can continue to operate, even if they have not yet submitted a renewal application.
Those who need to renew should plan to file an application within one business day of the FCC resuming service, according to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).