The sources told Recode that federal law enforcement became involved in checking out the threats against Pai.
So yeah, there's not much meat there, but it stands to reason that Pai thought it best to avoid a real and potentially heated discussion on the matter with the public. Last month, when the FCC voted to scrap the open Internet rules, the meeting was briefly interrupted by a bomb threat.
"He and his family have been subject to vicious and direct attacks and threats and any decision he makes regarding his own travel is fine with me", Gary Shapiro, CES President and CEO, told Digital Trends.
United States freezes over $1 bn military aid to Pak over terror inaction
But it could end up backfiring by diminishing the cooperation between the USA and Pakistan to combat terror groups in the region. United States security aid to Pakistan fell 62%-from $849 million in financial year 2012 to $322 million in financial year 2016.
Under the new directives, the FTC will be in charge of overseeing ISPs, as they were before net neutrality was established.
This will be the first time Pai has not attended the conference in five years.
An FCC spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the alleged cause, but the chairman has been subject to threats tied to the December 14 vote to roll back net neutrality rules and has had Homeland Security protection for public meetings, including the net neutrality vote, where the meeting room was briefly evacuated before the final vote.
The FCC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Agency sources said the threats intensified after the the FCC voted to overturn net neutrality rules voted in in 2015.
FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, who has voiced opposition to repealing net neutrality, tweeted Thursday that it was "unacceptable" to threaten a public servant due to their views.