FCC Chairman Backs Out of CES 2018 Appearance

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will not be attending this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas after allegedly receiving death threats.

Pai abruptly withdrew from the conference on Wednesday.

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

Reached for comment, Shapiro said Pai did not communicate his reasons, but speculated that concern over violence over his rollback of pending net neutrality rules may have played a role.

Statements from all FCC commissioners who voted during the process are also included in the release, including Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, who both voted to retain the regulations upholding net neutrality. Neither he, the FCC, nor the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes the trade show, offered an explanation for his withdrawal.

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Del Rio then had an awkward and emotional post game press conference with the media where he addressed his dismissal. He owns a 100-85 career record and won a Super Bowl in the 2002 season with the Buccaneers over the Raiders.

Nearly no information has been given regarding Pai's cancellation, other than an email from the CTA noting that "we look forward to our next opportunity to host a technology policy discussion with him before a public audience", and the FCC declined to offer any additional explanation.

Internet service providers will be able to speed up or slow down different companies' data and charge consumers according to the services they access.

Yesterday, CES announced that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai would no longer be appearing at the trade show where he was scheduled to take part in a conversation with FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen. At this year's event, he was scheduled to be interviewed by CTA President Gary Shapiro about topics including the nation's broadband policy, connectivity, and spectrum issues. He had to halt his controversial vote to scrap the U.S. government's net neutrality rules in December after a bomb threat. Additionally, he nearly certainly would have faced questions about the decision to repeal the net neutrality rules.

Two people briefed on the matter said multiple security agencies were involved in investigating the threats.

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