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Reports: FCC head avoiding CES tech show in Las Vegas after dangers

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Jacquelyn Martin/ AP In this Dec. 14, 2017, file picture, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai gets here for an FCC meeting.

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018|8:42 a.m.

NEW YORK– Released reports state Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the CES gadget program since of death risks.

Pai has scrapped popular net-neutrality guidelines that had actually disallowed broadband companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic. The policy’s supporters have reacted strongly. Pai and his staff have actually called out racist tweets and death threats versus the chairman. The Dec. 14 vote was stopped for unidentified security factors, with a quick evacuation and search of the hearing space.

Pai was supposed to speak on a CES panel in Las Vegas next week. The Wall Street Journal, tech blog site Recode and others reported the death threats, citing unidentified people.

The FCC confirmed his withdrawal, but representative Brian Hart says the firm doesn’t comment on security procedures or concerns.