Man Sent US Congressman Death Threats Over Net Neutrality

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The FCC is scheduled to decide on its plan to remove net neutrality protections on the 14th of December of this year, and as that day gets nearer, things are escalating. A Syracuse man who is 28 years old is currently facing federal charges for a call that he allegedly made to US Representative John Katko wherein the man threatened the congressman and the lives of his family. A voicemail was left on the office phone of Katko that stated: “Listen, Mr. Katko, if you support net neutrality, I will support you. But if you don’t support net neutrality, I will find you and your family, and I will kill… you … all. Do you understand? I will literally find all… of … you and your progeny and just wipe you from the face of the earth.” The caller also continued to state that net neutrality was more important than US defense, healthcare, and free speech that it is “literally the basis of the new society.”

The man that was accused of leaving the message faces various federal charges that have a penalty of a maximum of ten years in prison and a fine amounting to $250,000. Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the FCC, released a statement in response to the said threat. The chairman stated: “I condemn in the strongest possible terms any attempts to intimidate government officials with violent threats, and in particular, efforts to target their families. I would also like to express my sympathy to Congressman Katko and his family and thank law enforcement officials for taking this matter seriously.”