FCC head Ajit Pai reportedly skipped CES over death threats

The  chairman of the Federal Communications Commission reportedly cancelled plans to attend this year's Consumer Electronics Show because of death threats. 

FCC head Ajit Pai had planned to speak at a panel during the show, which kicks off Monday.

But according to multiple reports, including Recode and The Wall Street Journal, Pai skipped the trip after receiving death threats.

The FCC could not be immediately reached for comment. According to The Associated Press, the FCC confirmed his withdrawal, but spokesman Brian Hart said they don't comment on security measures or concerns.

Last month, the FCC voted to overturn a two-year-old set of rules on net neutrality, preventing Internet service providers from blocking or throttling any content. The Dec. 14 vote was briefly postponed for unidentified security reasons, forcing an evacuation of the hearing room.

More: FCC overturns net neutrality rules, but supporters pledge to continue fight

The initial rules were passed in 2015 during the Obama administration. Pai has long been an opponent of the 2015 rules, claiming they were too heavy handed. "It is not going to kill democracy and it's not going to stifle free expression online," Pai said last month. "We are helping consumers and promoting competition."

Opponents believe the rollback of net neutrality rules will lead to consumers paying more for Internet services such as Netflix.

More: Net neutrality: The FCC voted to end it. What that means for you

The decision isn't expected to go without a fight. Several members of Congress have suggested submitting legislation to overturn the decision.

Meanwhile, just like previous decisions on net neutrality regulations, this latest decision will likely be argued in court.

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