Citing Hill sources, DigitalMusicNews was reporting that Pai's canceled appearance was prompted by multiple death threats tied to the show.
In response to Deadline's inquiry about the reasons for Pai's cancellation, FCC spokesman Brian Hart confirmed Pai had pulled out, but said via email, "We don't have anything to share at this time".
The FCC released the full text of its Restoring Internet Freedom order on Thursday. Neither he, the FCC, nor the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes the trade show, offered an explanation for his withdrawal. "The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present, by giving Internet service providers yet another way to put corporate profits over consumers".
Pai for a repeal in April and the Republican-controlled FCC 2-1 along party lines a month later to begin a formal rule-making process.
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. The agency's meeting room was briefly evacuated and searched. The group's 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". Democrats in Congress plan to force a vote on whether to repeal the new rules.