FCC chair Ajit Pai cancels appearance at consumer electronics show amid death threats

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, canceled his planned appearance at the tech industry's 2018 Consumer Electronics Show after he received death threats, according to CNBC.

This marks the second known incident in which Mr. Pai's safety may have been jeopardized. In December, while the FCC was in the middle of its vote to repeal net neutrality, a bomb threat led White House officials to evacuate the room.

An FCC spokesman for Mr. Pai would not offer any additional details about the CES cancellation to CNBC, noting the FCC does not comment on security measures or concerns.

A spokeswoman at the Consumer Technology Association, which hosts CES, also declined comment, but CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro was not aware of Mr. Pai's change in plans. However, Mr. Shapiro had acknowledged the fact Mr. Pai had been "subject to vicious and direct attacks and threats," according to Digital Trends.

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