Thursday, 18 January, 2018

FCC Chair Cancels Appearance At Consumer Electronics Show

FCC Chair Cancels Appearance At Consumer Electronics Show FCC Chair Cancels Appearance At Consumer Electronics Show
Heather Davidson | 05 January, 2018, 13:48

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.

PAI was scheduled for the FCC Commissioner's annual appearance at the technology convention next TUESDAY, alongside FTC Acting Chair MAUREEN OHLHAUSEN with CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION President GARY SHAPIRO moderating, but PAI canceled without comment. However, according to a report on the AV Club, Pai has pulled out, marking the first time he won't be attending CES in five years - and the first since he helmed the FCC.

Pai suddenly cancelled his appearance at the major tech industry conference CES on Wednesday.

Shapiro did not give any explanation for Pai's cancellation, but in an interview with Digital Trends, speculated that it may have been for security reasons. In April 2017, he unveiled plans to reverse net neutrality rules that were in place by the Obama administration in 2015. Under the rules, the FCC was given the authority to regulate Internet service providers (ISPs) such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon - similar to utilities - subjecting the entities to more government oversight. Where before many state laws banning municipal involvement in broadband - heavily promoted and lobbied for by the big ISPs - had helped to keep the muni broadband menace at bay, net neutrality repeal has thrown a huge spotlight on the issue.

An FCC spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the alleged cause, but the chairman has been subject to threats tied to the December 14 vote to roll back net neutrality rules and has had Homeland Security protection for public meetings, including the net neutrality vote, where the meeting room was briefly evacuated before the final vote.

It has been nearly a month since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to dismantle Obama-era net neutrality rules, and Thursday (4 January) saw the release of the final text of its repeal.

FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, who has voiced opposition to repealing net neutrality, tweeted Thursday that it was "unacceptable" to threaten a public servant due to their views.

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