Fast, affordable, locally run internet

Fast, affordable, locally run internet

Althea's unique cooperative vision for the internet brings peering from the data center to the field. Empowering communities to build multi-stakeholder networks faster and more affordably than legacy telecom models.

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Mounting an antenna on a rooftop

Faster

Althea is faster, because our unique billing system ensures thats incentives are aligned. Stakeholders earn more money by providing faster service.

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Affordable

Althea's price-aware routing protocol makes sure that traffic takes the cheapest path. Your router gets the best prices, second by second.

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Locally run

Althea networks are made up of nodes owned by the people who use them. The networks are locally managed and governed.

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Althea can be deployed in any environment

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Althea allows the residents of Tacoma, Washington to install inexpensive antennas bringing high speed access to their community, and earn money in the process.

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Legacy ISPs aren’t incentivized to offer quality — or any — internet access to remote, sparsely-populated areas. Althea makes it possible for places like Clatskanie, Oregon to build and manage their own networks.

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The Technology

Coins flowing from router to router
Coins flowing from router to router

1

Subscribers load up their device or wifi router with digital currency to pay for internet access.

2

A network of rooftop transmitters forward packets. They earn money and compete to provide service.

3

Gateways connect the network to the internet, competing with other gateways in the area.

The core technology behind Althea is a price-aware routing protocol and blockchain-based payment system that debits and credits funds based on a router’s bandwidth usage.

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Althea organizer

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Set up a local network for your building, neighborhood, or city.

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Althea user

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We'll match you with local networks as they become available.

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