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


After a meeting voting to end net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai answers a question from a reporter, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington.

Suffice it to say, FCC chairman Ajit Pai isn't exactly a popular guy these days, and for good reason.

Pai, who has attended CES every year for the past five years, was slated to appear alongside Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, for a panel discussion on Tuesday.

The man who controversially once said he would take a "weed whacker" to former net neutrality regulations has met with fierce resistance since from consumers and activists and much of the world's media.

It's not the first time Pai's security has been threatened. But Pai and his family have faced harassment over the controversial decision to repeal the rule.

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It would have been Pai's first appearance at CES since being appointed as chairman of the FCC a year ago by President Donald Trump.

The sources didn't make public details about the threats, but they told Recode that "federal law enforcement had intervened in the matter".

Only by ignoring these two inconvenient truths are pro-regulatory advocates able to falsely claim that the FCC has left consumers in danger of being denied any remedy for abusive or anti-competitive practices by internet service providers.

The FCC did not immediately respond to The Post's request for comment. Pai has been widely criticized after his FCC voted to roll back net neutrality legislation that protected consumers.

Moments before the FCC voted to repeal the rules in December, the room was evacuated in response to a security threat. Democrats in Congress plan to force a vote on whether to repeal the new rules.