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  • A supporter of net neutrality allegedly threatened to kill a New York congressman and his family if he didn’t back the rules.
  • The death threat comes as the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to overturn its broadly popular net neutrality rules.
  • The death threat and the FCC’s upcoming vote come amid charges that the agency’s comment process on its proposal was seriously flawed.

The Federal Communications Commission’s effort to overturn net neutrality rules is stirring up intense passions, allegedly even criminal ones.

Criminal charges were filed against a Syracuse man who allegedly threatened to kill Rep. John Katko and Katko’s family, if the Republican congressman from New York didn’t support net neutrality, according to a press release from the FCC on Thursday. The individual, whom the press release didn’t name, allegedly left a voicemail at Katko’s office saying “‘[I]f you don’t support net neutrality, I will find you and your family and I will kill … you … all.”

In the press statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said: “I condemn in the strongest possible terms any attempts to intimidate government officials with violent threats, and in particular, efforts to target their families.”

Pai, who is spearheading the move to roll back the net neutrality rules, has himself personally been targeted by supporters of those regulations. Net neutrality supporters reportedly posted cardboard protest signs recently outside his home. One of the signs read, “Dad murdered democracy in cold blood,” Fox News reported on Monday.

“Families … should remain out of it and stop harassing us at our homes,” Pai told Fox News.

The death threat and the intense criticism come as the FCC is preparing to vote to overturn its net neutrality rules on December 14. Voted in place in 2015 under the Obama administration, the rules bar broadband access providers from blocking, throttling Read More Here