FCC chairman cancels attendance at CES

Chairman Ajit Pai speaks ahead of the vote on the repeal of so called net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington U.S

FCC chairman cancels attendance at CES

Two unnamed agency sources told Recode why Pai pulled the appearance at the annual Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas on January 9 one day after it was reported he had canceled.

Brian Hart, director of the office of media relations at the FCC, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that they "cannot comment on security measures or concerns".

The Federal Trade Commission's acting chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen, who was also scheduled for the debate, will still attend. But the moderated conversation itself wouldn't have been a tricky one for the FCC Chairman to navigate as CTA's Shapiro has long supported the commission's work to reverse the net neutrality rules that were put in place in 2015.

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.

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The death threat reason for the cancellation was confirmed to Recode by two agency sources. In December, he led the FCC's controversial repeal of open internet regulations known as net neutrality.

It is the second time that Pai's safety has been threatened. In 2014 protesters camped outside the home of then-Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, and prevented him from leaving his driveway.

It is understood that the Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Republican Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Brendan Carr each plan to attend CES.

It looks like Ajit Pai can't handle the desert heat. Making matters worse, Pai's talking points regarding the benefits of eradicating net neutrality often amounted to clumsily vague promises about increased innovation. Pai has been widely criticized after his FCC voted to roll back net neutrality legislation that protected consumers. Those regulations generally barred internet service providers from blocking, slowing, or providing preferential access to particular online sites, services, and apps.

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