We're referring to the fact that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, who was supposed to appear on a discussion panel, won't be there. The ruling could make it hard for the FCC to repeal the net neutrality rules, and public interest groups are expected to challenge the move in court.
The sources didn't make public details about the threats, but they told Recode that "federal law enforcement had intervened in the matter".
In November, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against a Syracuse man for allegedly threatening to kill a NY member of Congress unless he backed net neutrality.
Pai has not yet publicly given a reason for his decision, but some press reports attribute his decision to security considerations.More news: Mega Millions, Powerball kick off new year with jackpots totaling $783M
Pai was scheduled to sit down Tuesday with the head of the Federal Trade Commission, fellow Republican Maureen Ohlhausen, as part of a conversation moderated by Consumer Technology Association President Gary Shapiro. Ohlhausen is still scheduled to attend the event.
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The FCC two weeks ago voted 3-2 to repeal the Obama-era network neutrality rules that prevented internet providers from blocking or throttling access to websites or charging websites to access users at faster speeds.
This isn't the first time FCC officials have received threats related to the move.
We've reached out to the FCC for comment on why its chairman was not available.
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.More news: Czech Factory Growth Strongest Since Feb 2011