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U.S. FCC chairman cancels tech event appearance after threats: sources

From Reuters - January 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has canceled a scheduled appearance next week at a large consumer electronics event in Las Vegas after receiving unspecified deaths threats, two sources briefed on the matter said on Thursday.

Pai, who championed a controversial proposal approved in December to reverse the Obama administrations net neutrality rules, has been the target of death threats in social media postings and harassing signs have been posted near his home.

The FCC confirmed Thursday that Pai would not attend CES, also known as the Consumer Electronics Show, but declined to offer a reason. We do not comment on security measures or concerns, FCC spokesman Brian Hart said.

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

The Consumer Technology Association issued a brief statement that said Pai was unable to attend. The groups president, Gary Shapiro, told digitaltrends.com that Pai and his family have been subject to vicious and direct attacks and threats and any decision he makes regarding his own travel is fine with me.

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