Billboard ads target Republicans who want to roll back net neutrality

Billboard ads target Republicans who want to roll back net neutrality
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An advocacy group is launching an ad campaign targeting lawmakers who want to roll back the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules.

Fight For The Future, a pro-net neutrality advocacy group, bought billboards in six states to target Sens. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs MORE (R-S.D.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Overnight Defense: States pull National Guard troops over family separation policy | Senators question pick for Afghan commander | US leaves UN Human Rights Council Senators question Afghanistan commander nominee on turning around 17-year war MORE (R-Miss.), as well as Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump backs down in rare reversal Trump, GOP launch full-court press on compromise immigration measure Meadows gets heated with Ryan on House floor MORE (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Reps. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnWhat the net neutrality repeal means Dem Senate super PAC reserves million in fall TV ads Scalise throws support behind Black, Blackburn ahead of Tennessee primary MORE (R-Tenn.) and Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesHouse committee approves spending bill that would boost IRS funding House panel advances financial services spending bill Georgia governor vetoes controversial hacking legislation MORE (R-Ga.).

The billboards show the lawmakers’ faces with text criticizing their stance and urging the public to call their offices.

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The billboard targeting Ryan reads: “Want slower, more expensive Internet? Rep. Paul Ryan supports Charter’s plan to destroy net neutrality.”

The billboards in Tennessee hitting Blackburn read: “Rep. Blackburn took money from Verizon. Now she wants to give ISPs [internet service providers] powers to censor, slow and tax your internet.”

In April, Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced his “Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal, which would scrap the Obama-era net neutrality rules. The rules are aimed at creating a level playing field on the internet and bar broadband providers from slowing or blocking certain traffic.

Republicans such as Thune, Blackburn and others quickly backed the plan, arguing that net neutrality regulations were stifling broadband companies’ ability to innovate and provide better internet access to consumers.

But advocacy groups like Fight For The Future and industry trade groups, including the Internet Association, which represents companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, argue that without net neutrality regulations, broadband providers could take advantage of consumers by charging more for internet access and slowing down certain types of content.

“Politicians need to learn that they can’t attack free speech on the internet and expect to get away with it,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future. “Voters from across the political spectrum all agree that they don’t want companies like Comcast and Verizon dictating what they can see and do online.”