FCC Chairman Ajit Pai cancels Consumer Electronics Show appearance over death threats

Jan 07, 2018, 08:53
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai cancels Consumer Electronics Show appearance over death threats

"Can't imagine why Ajit Pai wouldn't want to hang out with a bunch of smart tech people who actually understand how the Internet works".

This would have marked the first time Pai appeared at the annual trade show as chairman of the FCC. Pai has been a frequent target of hostility since he unveiled a proposal past year to deregulate the broadband industry by repealing the FCC's net neutrality rules.

It is understood that the Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Republican Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Brendan Carr each plan to attend CES. The 2015 rules were created to ensure that all traffic on the internet is treated equally and to prevent broadband and wireless providers from blocking or slowing online content.

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. But broadband providers say the rules were too onerous and stifled investment.

A spokesperson for the Consumer Technology Association, which hosts CES, declined to comment.

Under the new directives, the FTC will be in charge of overseeing ISPs, as they were before net neutrality was established.

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".

Unfortunately, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is unable to attend CES 2018.

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