FCC’s Net Neutrality Meeting Evacuated ‘On Advice of Security’

A protest against FCC Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute / Getty Images


A security team abruptly evacuated a Federal Communications Commission meeting as officials were debating and about to vote on the future of net neutrality.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced that the delay would take place.

"On advice of security, we need to take a brief recess," Pai said.

Officers then told all present to exit the room and leave their belongings behind.

Dogs then swept the room, and shortly afterward, people were allowed back into the area.

This is not the first time the FCC has had such a disruption. In 2010, the FCC's headquarters was evacuated for about two hours.

The FCC later voted on party lines to undo the net neutrality rules—which classified Internet Service Providers as public utilities, giving the government broad regulatory power—that the Obama administration put in place.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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