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 to vote on Trump's Canada, Mexico trade deal Thursday Senate braces for Trump impeachment trial Republicans face internal brawl over impeachment witnesses MORE (R-S.D.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerLawmakers introduce bill to bolster artificial intelligence, quantum computing Enes Kanter sees political stardom — after NBA and WWE Hillicon Valley: House panel unveils draft of privacy bill | Senate committee approves bill to sanction Russia | Dems ask HUD to review use of facial recognition | Uber settles sexual harassment charges for .4M MORE (R-Miss.), as well as Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWarren now also knocking Biden on Social Security Biden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record MORE (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Reps. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGOP senator: 2020 candidates must recuse themselves from impeachment trial Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones GOP senators introduce resolution to change rules, dismiss impeachment without articles MORE (R-Tenn.) and Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesThe Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached Republican Tom Graves announces retirement from House Lawmakers skeptical of progress on spending deal as wall battle looms 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.”