Man arrested over death threats to FCC chairman

The repeal of net neutrality rules by the FCC, which was voted for last December, has been the topic of much controversy, with attempts to reverse the decision still underway. But not all attempts to reinstate the rules have been peaceful.

We heard back in January that FCC chairman Ajit Pai had backed out of an appearance at CES 2018 over death threats made to him and his family, and it now seems that the person behind the threats has been arrested.

The threats were made by Markara Man, a 33-year-old man from California, and they consisted of three e-mails sent from an anonymous Gmail account. Man accused Pai of killing two children who had committed suicide over the result of the net neutrality vote, then proceeded to threaten the FCC chairman's own kids, saying "I will find your children and I will kill them", along with addresses of nearby pre-schools.

Man reportedly sent an apology to Ajit Pai, saying that the threats to his children were "crossing the line", and later told federal agents that he never intended to deliver on those threats. Regardless of the apology, the charges weren't dropped and the FBI even requested to have them sealed.

The California man is now facing the possibility of a prison sentence that could go up to 10 years, but the end result is still up in the air.

Source: The Register | Image via Reason TV (YouTube)

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