Net Neutrality: FCC Chairman Pai Pulls Out Of CES 2018

Randall Padilla
January 5, 2018

Under Pai's plan, which he said would be publicly released Wednesday ahead of a December 14 vote, the would take over the job of policing Internet service providers for online privacy.

The sources added that federal law enforcement agencies have "intervened in the matter". "We do not comment on security measures or concerns", FCC spokesman Brian Hart said.

AT&T, other telecom companies and industry trade groups sued to block the rules, arguing the FCC exceeded its authority in approving the regulations.

The order is posted on the FCC site, along with official statements by the five commissioners. That led to much speculation he was attempting to avoid a hostile reception.

Only by ignoring these two inconvenient truths are pro-regulatory advocates able to falsely claim that the FCC has left consumers in danger of being denied any remedy for abusive or anti-competitive practices by internet service providers. Shapiro has voiced his support for Pai's controversial reversal of net neutrality legislation as well.

The FCC confirmed Thursday that Pai would not attend CES, also known as the Consumer Electronics Show, but declined to offer a reason. At this year's event, he was scheduled to be interviewed by CTA President Gary Shapiro about topics including the nation's broadband policy, connectivity, and spectrum issues.

Critics have complained about the Federal Communications Commission's vote last month to repeal net neutrality rules set during the Obama administration that treated the internet like a public utility, Recode noted, and Pai has charged that he and his family have been attacked and threatened since the vote. Additionally, he nearly certainly would have faced questions about the decision to repeal the net neutrality rules. The agency's meeting room was briefly evacuated and searched. Democratic Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Meghan Clyburn voted against the repeal.

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