FCC Chair Cancels Tech Conference Appearance Due to Death Threats

FCC Chair Cancels Tech Conference Appearance Due to Death Threats

And, in a rather brief statement, CTA simply said, "Unfortunately, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is unable to attend CES 2018". The ruling could make it hard for the FCC to repeal the net neutrality rules, and public interest groups are expected to challenge the move in court. After the commission voted in favor of repealing net neutrality, several companies, advocacy groups, and other organizations voiced the intent to sue the FCC.

The FCC has released the final text of the order it voted on last month that is set to undo the net neutrality rules established in 2015. It would have been Pai's first appearance at CES since being appointed as chairman of the FCC a year ago by President Donald Trump.

Pai had been scheduled for a show appearance, but canceled Wednesday, according to a source.

Digital Music News, which has covered the net neutrality debate, cited two unidentified "sources on Capitol Hill" in reporting the reason for the cancellation just days before Pai was scheduled to appear. Homeland Security police quickly cleared the room, but they did not provide any information on the nature of the security threat, prompting speculation that someone might have called in a bomb threat.




An FCC spokesman refused to comment on why Pai decided not to attend the conference.

All too predictably, the FCC's order has been subjected to a seemingly endless stream of groundless attacks by pro-regulation advocates who claim consumers will be left unprotected by the Commission's action.

It is understood that the Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Republican Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Brendan Carr each plan to attend CES. Instead of a "don't frighten the horses" rollback, the FCC completely junked the net neutrality regulation put in place by the previous administration, leaving broadband users with no federal level protection from ISP's looking to throttle, block and generally discriminate.

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