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Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

FCC Chair Issues Statement On Individual Who Threatened Representative Katko Regarding Vote On Net Neutrality

FCC Chair Ajit Pai issued a statement on November 30, 2017 regarding criminal charges that federal prosecutors have issued against an individual who has allegedly made threats against John Katko (R-NY), who represents New York's 24th District.

The individual said in part: "Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a Syracuse man for allegedly threatening to kill Congressman John Katko and his family if he did not support net neutrality. Specifically, federal prosecutors allege that the man left a voicemail at Congressman Katko’s office saying, among other things: ‘[I]f you don’t support net neutrality, I will find you and your family and I will kill . . . you . . . all...'

Chair Pai said in part: “I condemn in the strongest possible terms any attempts to intimidate government officials with violent threats, and in particular, efforts to target their families."

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