On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was in the midst of giving his speech at a hearing on net neutrality, when security stopped everything to respond to a bomb threat.
“I am being advised by security that we are going to have to take a break,” Pai told the audience.
Not too long after Pai’s announcement, a security guard told everyone, quite loudly, to leave the building immediately, while leaving their personal items in the federal agency chambers.
One Commissioner adviser told the Daily Caller News Foundation that there was a specific bomb threat that they were investigating. Another senior official in the room said someone called out that a briefcase was set to explode, per the Daily Caller.
After Federal Protective Services checked the entire area for a possible explosive device, they gave the all-clear for the Commissioners and the audience to return.
It is of no surprise that something as violent as a bomb threat would occur during Pai’s speech about net neutrality. The issue has become a hot button across all socio-economic classes, and some are responding with violence.
Pai got to finish his speech, and explained to the Commissioners why he believes the internet regulations imposed under the Obama administration should be repealed.
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Pai said the rollback of the rules would eventually help consumers because broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast could offer people a wider variety of service options. Pai was joined in the 3-to-2 vote by his two fellow Republican commissioners.
“We are helping consumers and promoting competition,” Mr. Pai said in a speech before the vote. “Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas.”
The consequence of this is that the FCC will no longer directly regulate ISPs.