How does the US government shutdown affect the internet?

How does the US government shutdown affect the internet?

Great_Seal_of_the_United_States_(obverse)_svgSo what does today's US government shutdown mean for the internet? In technology terms - it's a big non-event. Yes there are a number of websites and services which aren't available today, but there's not an impact to the day to day operation of the internet. Most of the regulatory bodies are international agencies and all of the domain registrars are private companies. Add to that, the networks which operate the internet are also private - and the whole of the communication world would never know anything was going on...

Here's a better question - when the government shuts down it's because they don't have any money. Some of the agencies have made a big show about shutting down their public websites and posting messages - but it's not like the internet connection was magically severed at the datacenter, or they were able to shutdown all the servers and save money on electricity - they are still incurring costs... Do you really think just because the US decided to shut off 10,000 smartphones that Verizon or AT&T are going to not bill them for service? Or because the Library of Congress website is "shut down" Level 3 communications is going to reduce the monthly bill for internet service? I don't think so.

What are your thoughts on all this? Is this much ado about nothing? I got asked by 3 people this morning if any telecom was at risk because of US Government's "management team" inability to get along. I'd love to hear your thoughts...