WASHINGTON, DC—The federal government shutdown already has caused delays at the FCC. But the shutdown could have longer-term effects beyond day-to-day business. For example, the shutdown has delayed work on the 2018 quadrennial review of broadcast rules.

Womble Bond Dickinson attorney John Garziglia discussed what this would mean with Communications Daily. For example, he said the radio industry has been waiting guidance on the deregulation of local ownership caps, as such revisions were expected to be included in the QR.

However, “the clock hasn’t even started,” Garziglia tells Communications Daily. The delays in QR rulemaking have made it more difficult for broadcasters to make long-term plans, Garziglia said.

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John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.