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FCC Chairman Cancels Appearance at Electronics Show

FCC Chairman Cancels Appearance at Electronics Show

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not immediately respond to Recode, a spokesperson for the Consumer Technology Association, which hosts the event, declined to comment, and an FCC spokesman for Pai said the agency does "not comment on security measures or concerns".

"I attended his recent Media Institute speech and was moved greatly", Shapiro told Digital Trends. "I may not agree with him on every issue, but he is a brilliant and committed public servant".

The text will enter the federal register, and is not too dissimilar to a draft previously released as part of FCC chair Ajit Pai's plan to show the public how the commission works. Those regulations generally barred internet service providers from blocking, slowing, or providing preferential access to particular online sites, services, and apps. The audience at CES was likely strongly opposed to Pai's rulings.

These are the Sony Xperia XA2 XA2 Ultra and L2
These are the Sony Xperia XA2 XA2 Ultra and L2

"Pai has attended CES in Las Vegas for the last five years, and this would have been his first appearance as chairman of the FCC", Business Insider notes. For 2017 CES, then FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler agreed to a one-on-one but withdrew a few weeks before CES. The FCC briefly stopped its December meeting and evacuated the room because of a security scare as they were about to vote on net neutrality rules. The Commission is in the process of editing the final repeal order, and the wording of that repeal order could possibly end up helping Pai and the FCC combat those upcoming lawsuits. It's unclear if it will still go ahead without Pai, or if it will be canceled altogether.

While the net neutrality rule applies to those ISPs that hold themselves out as neutral, indiscriminate conduits to internet content, the converse is also true: the rule does not apply to an ISP holding itself out as providing something other than a neutral, indiscriminate pathway - i.e., an ISP making sufficiently clear to potential customers that it provides a filtered service involving the ISP's exercise of "editorial discretion". The net neutrality rules that Pai's FCC eliminated were supported by majorities of both Democratic and Republican voters.

Only time will tell.

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