NEW YORK — Published reports say Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the CES gadget show because of death threats.
Pai has scrapped popular net-neutrality rules that had barred broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic. The policy’s supporters have reacted strongly . Pai and his staff have called out racist tweets and death threats against the chairman. The Dec. 14 vote was halted for unidentified security reasons, with a brief evacuation and search of the hearing room.
The FCC confirmed his withdrawal, but spokesman Brian Hart says the agency doesn’t comment on security measures or concerns.