The Federal Communications Commission has come under fire for its attempt to rollback net neutrality, and caught in the crossfire between the U.S. government and activists is FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his family.
Pai spoke with Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Monday and addressed a rather disturbing sign believed to have been posted outside of his home. As seen in a tweet by Brendan Bordelon, the sign reads, “They will come to know the truth. Dad murdered Democracy in cold blood.”
I have a friend that lives near @AjitPaiFCC. Net neutrality “activists” posted these signs, featuring his children’s names, outside his house. Pizzas also reportedly sent to his house every half-hour last night. pic.twitter.com/jWI4gV6Hvc
— Brendan Bordelon (@BrendanBordelon) November 25, 2017
According to the FCC chairman, the protest “certainly crossed the line” and the whole situation was “a little nerve-wracking,” especially for his wife.
“I understand that people are passionate about policy, but the one thing in America that should remain sacred is that families, wives and kids, should remain out of it, and stop harassing us at our homes,” he said, according to The Washington Post.
The shocking turn of events came just a week after Pai disclosed his plans to strip the rules that former President Barrack Obama designed to ensure that the internet and all websites are treated equally. Internet service providers would have the power to control what type of content a customer sees and use, whether it be websites or online services.
Corporations would also be the ones calling the shots by deciding which websites, content or applications go online, according to Free Press. If the product or application is the opposite of what they are promoting, they won’t give it a green light regardless of how useful it is for the customer, and charge web companies for a faster delivery of their content.
“Internet regulation activists have crossed the line by threatening and harassing my family. They should leave my family out of this and focus on debating the merits of the issue,” he said.
The president of Free Press, Craig Aaron, condemned the harassment inflicted upon Pai and his family. “We condemn any racist comments or harassing messages sent to the chairman of the FCC. We don’t think there is any place for that in the debate,” the head of the advocacy group, which strongly supports diverse media ownership, said in a statement to The Washington Post.
He added that the group is not, in any way, connected to the signs posted in front of Pai’s home.
The FCC is scheduled to vote on Pai’s proposal to rollback net neutrality on December 14; those who disagree with the proposed bill can add their name to the list of voices here or identify their congressperson and call them here.
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