NEW YORK – Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was reportedly forced to cancel an upcoming appearance at a highly anticipated technology conference after receiving multiple death threats.
Due to the intense debate surrounding internet regulations imposed under the Obama administration’s FCC in 2015, which were couched as a vague principle called “net neutrality,” Pai and the FCC have been engulfed in a stormy situation in the past year.
Recently, Pai was forced to cut his speech on why he thinks repealing net neutrality rules is a good thing for consumers and the country because of a bomb threatat agency headquarters. The ostensible danger was not necessarily surprising since people across the internet were constantly unleashing extremely vile and even racist attacks against Pai, including through methods directedat his children outside of his own home.
Gizmodo really has a way with words: “Loathsome Shill Ajit Pai Drops Out of Planned CES Appearance” https://t.co/LoVtUaYhtB
Now, Pai and his office, accordingto Recode, apparently feels he should abandon his plans to attend CES, the international Consumer Electronics Show, which he has gone several times before, due to violent threats.
Initially, people and publications across the Twittersphere interpreted his lack of attendance as an act of cowardice.
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