The FCC chairman received death threats before canceling his CES appearance

The FCC chairman received death threats before canceling his CES appearance

Rolling back the net neutrality regulations is one of the most controversial policy changes under the Trump administration.

The report said that federal law enforcement had looked into the situation and other FCC offices would be briefed.

FCC Commissioner AJIT PAI has pulled out of an appearance at CES 2018 in LAS VEGAS next week. Despite all the protestations from ISPs a year ago that they accepted net neutrality itself, it was the "1930s regulation" they couldn't stomach, Pai's combative move and his stated reasons for it, have shown this up for the lie it always was.

However, two unnamed agency sources told Recode that Pai canceled his appearance after receiving death threats.

Security at CES has already been tightened in recent years, as terrorist threats have arisen and the trade show has grown to more than 200,000 attendees.




Shapiro did not give any explanation for Pai's cancellation, but in an interview with Digital Trends, speculated that it may have been for security reasons.

Pai became a target of death threats after he unveiled his plan to repeal the regulations put in place under former President Barack Obama in 2015. This move has made him unpopular with most of the country except for executives at internet service providers, to whom he's got close personal ties.

It's not the first time the chairman and commission have been threatened with violence.

An FCC spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the alleged cause, but the chairman has been subject to threats tied to the December 14 vote to roll back net neutrality rules and has had Homeland Security protection for public meetings, including the net neutrality vote, where the meeting room was briefly evacuated before the final vote.

Speaking about the repeal order, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel who voted against the bill, said: "Going forward, our broadband providers will have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content".

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