FCC releases final version of order scrapping net neutrality rules

PM ET FCC Releases Net Neutrality Rollback Order Starts clock on effective date

"We look forward to our next opportunity to host a technology policy discussion with him before a public audience".

No matter who you are, there's a good chance you're at least somewhat familiar with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

According to Recode, once the text of the repeal is published in the United States federal register, net neutrality defenders can then file lawsuits against the FCC for its decision, one which many say will throttle the internet for less well-off Americans.

Now, Pai and his office, according to Recode, apparently feel he should abandon his plans to attend CES, the global Consumer Electronics Show, due to violent threats.

Pai was slated to participate in a "candid conversation" on 9th January with FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, who will still attend. We've reached out to the FCC for comment on why its chairman was not available.

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Shapiro spoke to Digital Trends and said that Pai did not tell him why he was canceling the appearance.

Even though many people agreed with the basic premise of net neutrality, the FCC's rules became a lightning rod for controversy because they placed broadband providers under the same strict regulations that govern telephone networks. Pai has stated that he and his family have been threatened both in public and online and he and the rest of the FCC were forced to briefly suspend their December 14th vote on the net neutrality rollbacks after a bomb threat was issued. He had to halt his controversial vote to scrap the USA government's net neutrality rules in December after a bomb threat.

Pai might have had to answer questions about the repeal and coming lawsuits if he had gone through with his scheduled appearance at CES.

Shapiro said he was optimistic about the future of net neutrality legislation, despite Pai's recent rulings.

It is understood that the Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Republican Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Brendan Carr each plan to attend CES. Pai has appeared at those roundtables in previous years, when he was a commissioner but not the chair.

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