Net Neutrality: FCC Chairman Pai Pulls Out Of CES 2018

Net Neutrality: FCC Chairman Pai Pulls Out Of CES 2018

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". However, CTA head Gary Shapiro earlier told Digital Trends that he did not know why Pai had canceled, but raised the fact that he had recently been "subject to vicious and direct attacks and threats".

Pai has consistently attended CES for half a decade.

It looks like Ajit Pai can't handle the desert heat.

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Nearly no information has been given regarding Pai's cancellation, other than an email from the CTA noting that "we look forward to our next opportunity to host a technology policy discussion with him before a public audience", and the FCC declined to offer any additional explanation.

It is the second time that Pai's safety has been threatened.

The sources told Recode that federal law enforcement became involved in checking out the threats against Pai. T. Schneiderman, whose office led the charge on investigating the comments, promised to sue to stop the "illegal rollback of net neutrality".

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Pai has been targeted by death threats on social media after his agency approved to strip Obama-era net neutrality rules.

Fellow FCC commissioners Brendan Carr, Michael O'Rielly and Mignon Clyburn are also still scheduled to appear on a panel at the conference next week. The FCC briefly stopped its December meeting and evacuated the room because of a security scare as they were about to vote on net neutrality rules.

The fear is that consumers will have to pay for more expensive packages to stream Netflix, or tech companies will have to negotiate deals directly with providers.

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