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FCC Closes Headquarters to Public

Citing the increase in the number of coronavirus cases and the WHO's classification of the outbreak as a pandemic, the FCC said effective immediately it has closed its facilities to visitors unless they have special permission from the Office of the Managing Director, which will only be granted if there is a "clear operational necessity." 

The Office said the FCC will continue to get its regular work done, and told stakeholders to set up any necessary meetings by teleconference. 

The closure is until further notice. 

In addition, to practice the greater "social distancing" that has become the new byword, the FCC has advised employees that unless it is absolutely necessary, staff should work from home starting Friday (March 13), also until further notice.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.