FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's CES appearance has been canceled

Ivan Schwartz
January 8, 2018

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, canceled an appearance at an upcoming consumer electronics show in Las Vegas because of death threats, according to a person familiar with the matter. It would have been Pai's first appearance at CES since being appointed as chairman of the FCC previous year by President Donald Trump. That decision has been met with a massive public backlash, given the rules had tremendous, bipartisan support among a public exhausted of being screwed over by entrenched telecom duopolies and revolving door regulators.

Pai was due to take part in what was described as a "candid conversation" with Maureen Ohlhausen from the Federal Trade Commission and chaired by Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, the organisation responsible for the CES show.

"The exact nature of the threat, made in advance of Pai's fireside chat at the 2018 International CES, isn't clear", notes the report.

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Noone from the FCC has commented on the decision but commissioners Brendan Carr, Michael O'Reilly and Mignon Clyburn (token Democrat) will still appear to discuss the decision. An agency spokesman declined to comment, citing security concerns. The vote was suspended and the FCC chambers were emptied for approximately ten minutes as FCC security staff secured the building with bomb-sniffing dogs.

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.

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