US FCC chairman cancels tech event appearance after threats

05 January, 2018, 14:20 | Author: Martin Tyler
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One week before his scheduled appearance at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the Consumer Technology Association announced that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai will no longer be attending the show.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, and he always wanted to reserve the landmark net neutrality rules that were delivered under the former Obama administration.

CTA, which runs the CES conference, did not provide the reason for Pai's decision.

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In an interview with Digital Trends, Shapiro did not expressly say why Pai had canceled but he did say that Pai and his family "have been subject to vicious and direct attacks and threats" in the past.

The Federal Trade Commission's acting chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen, who was also scheduled for the debate, will still attend. He had to halt his controversial vote to scrap the USA government's net neutrality rules in December after a bomb threat.

Incidentally, it's become something of a tradition in recent years for the FCC chairman to make an appearance at CES, a fact which makes Pai's abrupt cancellation all the more curious.

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The FCC has been the target of much anger from the tech industry over its unpopular decision to end its net neutrality regulations.

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

After a holiday-filled three weeks where net neutrality proponents lamented its repeal at a December FCC meeting, the agency has finally issued its official order returning ISPs to their original Title I classification of information services.

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FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, who has voiced opposition to repealing net neutrality, tweeted Thursday that it was "unacceptable" to threaten a public servant due to their views.

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