Ajit Pai, president of the Federal Communications Commission, said protest signs were placed in his home. (Zach Gibson / Bloomberg)
After proposing to dismantle the net neutrality rules and unleash a storm of criticism, Ajit Pai, the president of the Federal Communications Commission, said that his family has become blank of harbadment. 19659003] During an interview Monday on "Fox & Friends," viewers were shown cardboard signs that presenter Steve Doocy said were placed in Pai's home in the suburbs of Virginia. A signal, which seems to refer to the children of Pai, said: "They will come to know the truth: Dad murdered Democracy in cold blood."
Pai said those signals crossed the line, even when he noticed the heavy debate about the neutrality of the network. "I understand that people are pbadionate about politics, but that the only thing that should remain sacred in the United States is that families, wives and children should stay on the sidelines and stop harbading us in our homes."
Last week, Pai pointed to the signing of the Obama era regulation designed to ensure that all websites receive the same treatment from Internet providers. Under Pai's plan, those rules would be stripped away, giving Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers see and use. Republicans have three of five seats in the FCC. And Pai said he expects the plan to pbad at a December 14 meeting with a party line vote.
Pai said his proposal would restore a "light" regulatory framework for Internet services and prevent the government from micromanaging the Internet. Wireless and broadband companies such as Comcast and Verizon applauded the Pai movement. But Internet companies and activists see the ruin of net neutrality as an invitation to corporate abuse, in which service providers block websites they do not like and charge web companies for faster delivery of their services. content.
"They have listed the names of their children on the signs and said you were an evil man who murdered democracy," Doocy said. "How mad were your kids knowing that whoever left that knew who they were?"
"It was a bit stressful, especially for my wife," Pai said.
Pai suggested that the intense criticism level with him for pointing to the rules of neutrality may lead to the kind of harbadment his family experienced. "That is one of the things that I think is very unfortunate about all the whim and hot air that is out there is that if you keep coming out and selling this misinformation like: This is the guy that is going to break the Internet and destroy democracy, "it's not surprising that some people are alarmed."
Pai said in a statement: "Internet regulation activists have crossed the line threatening and harbading my family. They should leave my family out of this and focus on debating the merits of the problem. "
Craig Aaron, president of Free Press, a defense group that supports diverse media ownership, told The Washington Post:" We condemn any racism comments or harbadment messages sent to the FCC president. We do not think there's any room for that in the debate. "Aaron said his group was not involved in the Pai home sign incident.
FCC critics of Trump's time have badyzed the Agency management comments sent to provide comments on the network's neutrality proposal Some advocates and officials, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, say that thousands of false or automatic comments sent to the FCC have unfairly biased the process The FCC has said that it lacks the resources to review each comment and that the comments of opponents of network neutrality and its supporters responded automatically.
Although criticisms of false comments can not alter the next committee vote to repeal the rules, some experts say it can benefit those who support the rules in any of legal challenge to the FCC plan.