FCC Chair, Family Still Receive Death Threats Over Net Neutrality

fcc chair family still receive death threats over net neutrality
FCC Chair, Family Still Receive Death Threats Over Net Neutrality

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said Monday he tries to hide his appearance while traveling as he and his family still receive death threats because of his decision to end net neutrality.


Pai told The Wall Street Journal he and his family are protected by a 24-hour security presence.


Pai said his in-laws get threatening phone calls in the middle of the night and his wife receives threatening phone calls while she is at work. Some of the threats, Pai told the Journal, involve slitting his children’s throats.


Pai first revealed in January he and his family were receiving death threats because of the net neutrality debate. There were also threatening flyers being left on his street.


Protesters “were there [Sunday],” Pai said in January. “I understand they’ll be there [Monday]. They’ll be there tomorrow and the day after. It’s a hassle, especially for my wife and my two young children.”


Under the replacement rules adopted by Pai’s FCC, the FCC will police Internet service providers. Broadband companies, such as Comcast Corp., AT&T Inc., and Verizon Communications Inc., will need to publicly disclose their web-traffic management practices.


The disclosure will help regulators spot anti-competitive practices, according to a summary of the rules distributed by the FCC. It said companies can make their disclosures via a publicly available, easily accessible company website or through the FCC’s website, the agency said.


Material from Bloomberg was used in this report.



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