The FCC chairman received death threats before canceling his CES appearance

05 January, 2018, 14:21 | Author: Lora Ball
  • FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai

Multiple security agencies were investigating the threats, sources told Reuters.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not immediately respond to Recode, a spokesperson for the Consumer Technology Association, which hosts the event, declined to comment, and an FCC spokesman for Pai said the agency does "not comment on security measures or concerns".

On Wednesday, Gary Shapiro, president of Consumer Technology Association (CTA), released a statement that said Pai would not be attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year.

Reddit threads on the cancellation certainly confirmed the animus toward the chairman in some quarters, as well as the threats.

Since the commission voted to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, resistance has solidified, with the FCC expected to find itself involved in a number of legal battles in 2018.

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It's not the first time the chairman and commission have been threatened with violence. In 2014 protesters camped outside the home of then-Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, and prevented him from leaving his driveway.

Some of the recent comments reflect a focus on the net neutrality proposal, on which the commission.

Three other FCC commissioners, including the two other Republican members, are still expected to attend.

Suffice it to say, FCC chairman Ajit Pai isn't exactly a popular guy these days, and for good reason. Making matters worse, Pai's talking points regarding the benefits of eradicating net neutrality often amounted to clumsily vague promises about increased innovation.

In December the FCC voted 3-2 to overturn the net neutrality rules, meaning ISPs will be able to block or slow down access to certain services. "The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present, by giving Internet service providers yet another way to put corporate profits over consumers".

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