As individuals, we rely on internet access every day. Our organizations do, too. And the global pandemic made access to high-speed, affordable internet even more vital for our jobs, education, and healthcare.
But the truth is, millions of people across the U.S. don’t have access to internet service. And for those who do, it’s often unreliable and too expensive.
This isn’t just an access issue. It’s a civil rights issue. People without broadband access are disproportionately Black, Latinx, Indigenous, rural, or low-income.
But together, we can change that. We’ve joined Consumer Reports and dozens of organizations on a groundbreaking project that could ultimately reveal if Americans are actually getting what they’re paying for when it comes to high-speed internet service.
We expect the results of this project to change broadband internet for the better in the United States — making it more affordable and more accessible for everyone. But we need your help.
We need to make sure all our communities are represented. As leaders of your communities, we need your help to expand the reach of the project. The more data input, the more we can collectively advocate for everyone across the country. It’s as easy as sharing this call to action with your community!
By bringing your community into the research project, you’ll help us expose if internet prices and reliability vary because of where you live, because of lack of choice in internet providers, or because of exorbitant fees and charges. The data couldn’t be more timely, as policymakers in Washington, D.C., are debating this summer whether to expand broadband internet access and make it more competitive, so we all have more choices of providers.
Let’s make sure your community is represented by participating in this project. It’s quick, easy, and there are benefits, such as testing your internet speed, along the way!