Net neutrality activists to target lawmakers

Net neutrality activists to target lawmakers
© Greg Nash

A pro-net neutrality group plans to put up billboards around the U.S. attacking lawmakers who support the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s Obama-era rules.

Fight for the Future said Tuesday that it will crowdfund the campaign and has already raised $50,000. The billboards will begin going up in the coming weeks, it added.

“Internet users are pissed off and paying attention,” Evan Greer, the group’s campaign director, said in a statement. “Any lawmaker that stands idly by and allows the FCC to gut these basic free speech protections that people from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support will be seen as an enemy of the Internet and an enemy of free speech.”

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Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is pushing through a repeal of agency rules that prohibit internet service providers from blocking or throttling web content, or creating paid internet “fast lanes.”

Greer told The Hill that the billboard campaign will target those who have spoken in support of Pai’s effort and those who reportedly were involved in pressuring tech companies not to speak out against the repeal.

Greer said that the initial list of lawmakers who will be targeted includes Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to Donald Trump On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Stopping the next insurrection MORE (R-Wis.), Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThere is a bipartisan path forward on election and voter protections Juan Williams: It's Trump vs. McConnell for the GOP's future Biden's year two won't be about bipartisanship  MORE (R-S.D.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

A sample billboard features an image of Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSenate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Sunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head CNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee MORE (R-Tenn.).

- This story was updated at 1:07 p.m. after Fight for the Future corrected their statement to The Hill.