Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has unexpectedly cancelled an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. "We look forward to our next opportunity to host a technology policy discussion with him before a public audience".
Pai was scheduled to appear next Tuesday, alongside the FTC's acting chairwoman, Maureen Ohlhausen, as part of a "candid conversation" moderated by Consumer Technology Association president Gary Shapiro.
Pai has consistently attended CES for half a decade.
That vote was opposed by many in the tech industry and beyond, and now it seems that Pai, who has attended the previous five CES shows, took the decision not because he would more than likely face protests and a hostile reception, but because of death threats.
RT America reached out to a spokesperson for CTA and are waiting to hear back. Pai has been a frequent target of hostility since he unveiled a proposal past year to deregulate the broadband industry by repealing the FCC's net neutrality rules.
Pai has been targeted by death threats on social media after his agency approved to strip Obama-era net neutrality rules.
Supporters of net neutrality say the rules are necessary to ensure broadband companies don't abuse their power as gatekeepers of the internet.
This is the second time Pai has been threatened in recent weeks.
Net neutrality was the issue back then as well. Beyond the room, the target was not clear.
On Thursday, the FCC released the final text of the Restoring Internet Freedom order.