FCC closed due to government shutdown, Ajit Pai won't be at CES

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/01/03/fcc-closed-due-to-government-s.html

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Ajit Pai won’t be at CES?

Oh no! How will we ever get by?

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Does this mean that Pai isn’t getting paid, though?

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Of course not. I very much doubt he would agree to this job if there was any possibility he wouldn’t get paid at any point.

You don’t get to be a multimillionaire by letting whoever you work for’s bankruptcy (or your own) stop money from coming in.

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I know; it was some wishful thinking…

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#6

FCC has essential functions? I guess somebody has to pedal the bike that runs the generator that makes the Professor’s coconut radio work…

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Always look on the bright side of life! (whistles)
Always look on the light side of life!
If life seems jolly rotten
there’s something you’ve forgotten
and that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing

(whistles!)

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So we can pro-rate our taxes by the number of shutdown days, right?

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My first thought is, “wow, CES is still a thing?”

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If the FCC is closed for business does that mean that any local newscaster could do their own rendition of George Carlin’s “Seven words you can never say on television” routine?

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tenor

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Ajit Pai will never be at CES. He has to be one of the, if not the most hated man in the industry.

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Eh. People talk trash about the FCC and when it comes to censorship rightfully so.

But the consensus among radio engineers when I worked for a wireless ISP out of college was roughly, “The Lord Giveth, and He Taketh Away”. And ultimately they could see The Plan and how the bullshit regs were to keep life good for everyone (and keep everyone honest).

This is in the context of radio spectrum though. And radio engineers are some fucking weird dudes.

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Well, maybe not the official govt. paycheck.

I’m sure that sweet sweet telecom payola is continuing to flow.

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QRZ

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I should hope the

are considered essential services.

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The FCC is closed? Can we start dropping F-Bombs on the air?

Seriously if I was Colbert or Fallon my opening monologue would be: “Did you hear the FCC is closed due to the government shut down? Well fuck, what a God damn shame.”

The fine would be worth it.

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