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FCC's Ajit Pai cancels CES appearance following 'death threats' over net neutrality

05 January 2018

Pai abruptly withdrew from the conference on Wednesday.

It's clear that the FCC's 2015 "net neutrality" order, which the pro-regulatory advocates now insist is gospel, actually allowed ISPs to engage in the very practices that they loudly proclaim the Commission has just now authorized.

"We do not comment on security measures or concerns", a spokesman for Pai at the FCC told Recode.

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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.

Pai has consistently attended CES for half a decade. That led to much speculation he was attempting to avoid a hostile reception.

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The Consumer Technology Association, which organizes CES, had earlier said that Pai planned to chat with its President Gary Shapiro about "connectivity, spectrum issues, Next Gen TV, developments in broadband and competition policy, and a recap of the chairman's impactful first year".

Since the commission voted to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, resistance has solidified, with the FCC expected to find itself involved in a number of legal battles in 2018.

"The FCC's vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to NY consumers, and to everyone who cares about a free and open Internet", t.

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In the last four weeks, the FCC received 242 ex parte filings, which are lobbying-focused communications from companies and organizations that largely detail conversations and meetings with agency staffers. Democratic Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Meghan Clyburn voted against the repeal.

FCC's Ajit Pai cancels CES appearance following 'death threats' over net neutrality