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For 85 years, Consumer Reports’ committed and science-driven testers, advocates, researchers, and journalists have worked to build a fairer marketplace for all. That work is made possible by our members, who value not only the mission but also our dedication to independence, transparency, and facts.

So I hope you’ll join me at this year’s Annual Meeting, “Fighting for Fairness Since 1936: Together We Are CR,” on Wednesday, Oct. 20. This virtual event will celebrate our collective achievements, preview the exciting work on the horizon, and feature timely conversations with CR staff on the future of cars, broadband expansion, and CR’s newest app.

Car reviews have been foundational to CR’s work for decades. But more than ever, we want to both help you find the right vehicle today and shape the auto market of tomorrow. Jake Fisher, from CR’s Auto Test Center, will give a look behind the scenes of our test track, and David Friedman, CR’s vice president of advocacy, will highlight recent advances in safety and sustainability.

In July, CR and more than 50 partners launched Let’s Broadband Together, a crowdsourced investigation of what people really pay for internet access—and what they get for their money. More than 35,000 people have already signed up to help. CR’s Jon Schwantes, Leah Fischman, and Ben Moskowitz, who have led this initiative, will share our plans to help millions get better, more affordable internet access.

We know homeowners struggle to keep up with home maintenance, whether it’s fixing appliances or keeping their HVAC systems running smoothly. So we will highlight Upkept, a new app CR created just for that. Ted Bongiovanni and Rosaline Bernstein, from CR’s new ventures team, will give an overview of Upkept—and what users are saying about it.

If you want to share your thoughts with CR experts on how to build on our legacy and power up for a future that puts consumers first, please RSVP to join us for our annual meeting.

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the November 2021 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.