FCC Chairman Backs Out of CES 2018 Appearance

FCC Chairman Backs Out of CES 2018 Appearance

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.

One week before his scheduled appearance at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the Consumer Technology Association announced that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai will no longer be attending the show.

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.

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 threat at agency headquarters.

"I attended his recent Media Institute speech and was moved greatly", Shapiro told Digital Trends.

Pai, a Republican, had said that rolling back the rules was one of his top priorities after he assumed office past year.




Pai has come under fire for a number of the decisions he's made since taking over as chairman, but none have garnered as much negative attention as his rollback of net neutrality protections.

The FCC is likely gearing up for a tumultuous 2018.

The Federal Communications Commission chairman was to debate his decision to overturn net neutrality rules. But other than legal threats, Pai has also received physical threats.

In fact this week's vote came after a ballot question (where USA citizens vote for laws on the election ballot) was approved in November a year ago, despite the usual desperate lobbying effort by the cable companies and/or telcos. These attacks, under the guise of preserving a supposedly sacrosanct version of "net neutrality", ignore two inconvenient truths. It's unclear if it will still go ahead without Pai, or if it will be canceled altogether.

Only time will tell.

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