Could the Government Shutdown Delay Your Next Smartphone?
As the partial government shutdown wears on, the gravity of the situation becomes more and more clear as increasing evidence shows that everyone — not only the employees of the federal government and members of Congress — is deeply affected by the political stalemate.
Last week, we highlighted different companies battling the effects of the government closure, and now another industry has been pinpointed as Bloomberg reports that device makers such as Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) are preparing to face delays on their new smartphones and other flagship devices due to the shutdown, which prevents the Federal Communications Commission from signing off on their products.
The report explains that all computers, mobile phones, gaming systems, TV, and wireless medical devices must clear the FCC in order to earn approval for sale. The commission ensures that those devices that emit radio waves don’t cause interference, typically approving about 16,000 electronic devices a year. However, the FCC has furloughed about 98 percent of its staff as of Oct 1, and is therefore not only unable to sign off on products, but is now also expecting significant backups once its operations resume.