Take the #MobileOnly Challenge
The FCC wants to lower broadband standards. Pledge to spend one day in January 2018 accessing the internet only on your mobile device to tell them that’s not okay.
The FCC is trying to make it harder to get good internet.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to lower the country’s broadband standards, making it harder for Americans to get access to high-quality internet.
The FCC is expected to vote in February 2018 to lower the standards of high-speed broadband service so that mobile service on someone’s smartphone is seen as the same as a home connection. The FCC also wants to lower what counts as high-speed broadband from 25 megabits per second (Mbps) to only 10 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads.
Today, the FCC defines high-speed broadband as fixed service at 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload, or 25/3 Mbps — a speed sufficient for a household to stream multiple video services as well as checking email and searching the internet. If FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets his way, Americans with access to mere 10/1 Mbps wireless-only service would be considered as having high-quality broadband access by the FCC, and would miss out on funding and other investments to ensure better quality access.
Americans know they cannot rely on their mobile service alone for all their online needs. People need fast, robust internet connections for everyday tasks like applying for jobs, doing homework, or streaming videos. With such low standards, the FCC would have no obligation to ensure broadband providers are building out faster internet connections, disproportionately disadvantaging rural and low-income Americans who are hardest for broadband providers to reach.
Read more about how the FCC is trying to lower broadband standards and the quality of internet for Americans here.
Why should I care?
Mobile only access is not enough for people to fully participate in the 21st century digital economy. Fixed connections, like home broadband, and at least 25/3 mbps speeds are necessary to reap the social, educational, and economic benefits of the internet, and the FCC should not move backwards.
The FCC’s decision would classify more rural and low-income Americans across the country as “served” by lowering the country’s broadband standards while doing nothing to improve service, expand broadband access to all, or close the digital divide.
Asking Americans to rely on mobile subscriptions alone to access the internet ignores the real limitations, speeds, and caps that come with mobile service.
What can I do to help?
Participate in the #MobileOnly Challenge by pledging to spend one day in January 2018 using ONLY your mobile device to access the internet and sharing your experiences on social media using #MobileOnly.
After you complete the challenge, challenge your friends and networks to take it as well. Then tell the FCC and Congress that now is not the time to lower the country’s broadband standards – Americans deserve more than mobile only, low-quality internet!
Sample Social Media Posts
- The @FCC is trying to lower broadband standards, making it harder for Americans to get high-speed internet access. Tell them that #MobileOnly is not acceptable: MobileOnlyChallenge.com
- Mobile service on a smartphone is not the same as a home internet connection. I’m spending one day using #MobileOnly to tell the @FCC that all Americans deserve better.
- The @FCC is expected to vote in February 2018 to lower the standards of high-speed broadband service so that mobile service on a smartphone is seen as the same as a home connection. Go to MobileOnlyChallenge.com to tell the FCC that this isn’t acceptable.
Custom Email Out-of-Office Message
Hello, and thank you for your message. Please note that my response may be delayed, as today I am accessing the internet only on my phone as part of the #MobileOnly Challenge. This challenge protests the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to lower broadband standards so that mobile service on someone’s smartphone is seen as an adequate replacement for a home connection. Learn more at MobileOnlyChallenge.com, and tell the FCC that Americans deserve better with the hashtag #MobileOnly.