On a positive note, four states in the U.S. have outlawed billboards: Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont! Hopefully, more will follow suit.
Alaska and Hawaii for obvious reason - electronic billboards break down in freezing cold or boiling hot temps.
But Vermont??? I am really flabbergasted.
PS. have found out why. Billboards disturbed Vermont cows too much.
You shouldn't be flabbergasted...the state of Vermont is like its own separate country. It has its own particular culture; trust me on this...remember my daughter and her family live in Vermont. Part of their culture is a strong desire to protect the beauty, serenity, and natural state of the land; they are fiercely protective of their rural and unspoiled way of life. All that says, "No billboards!"
I believe a large part of the reason Alaska and Hawaii don't allow billboards is that tourism plays a huge role in the success of their economies. What tourist wants to see billboards when seeking the Alaskan or Hawaiian "experience?" It would detract from their appeal as tourist destinations!