He has attended the past six CES shows and his predecessor, Tom Wheeler, attended frequently as well. Pai may just be the most-despised man on the internet after his agency ignored the public, ignored the experts, and voted to kill net neutrality rules last month at the behest of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast lobbyists.
"Unfortunately, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is unable to attend CES 2018", the Consumer Technology Association said in a statement.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has cancelled a planned appearance at CES following death threats against himself and his family.
The session would have been moderated by Shapiro and Pai would have been joined by the Chairman of the FTC, Maureen Ohlhausen.More news: Bolivia Slams US 'Clumsiness' at UNSC Meeting On Iran Protests
Pai has come under heavy criticism by net neutrality supporters after the agency voted in December to dismantle rules passed by the Obama administration.
It's not the first time the chairman and commission have been threatened with violence. The 2015 rules were created to ensure that all traffic on the internet is treated equally and to prevent broadband and wireless providers from blocking or slowing online content. When reached for comment, the FCC told me that "We do not comment on security measures or concerns".
Noone from the FCC has commented on the decision but commissioners Brendan Carr, Michael O'Reilly and Mignon Clyburn (token Democrat) will still appear to discuss the decision.