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Faster, cheaper, decentralized internet

Faster, cheaper, decentralized internet

Althea is a system that lets routers pay each other for bandwidth. This allows people to set up decentralized ISPs in their communities. In an Althea network, instead of one ISP at the top collecting monthly payments, many different people can earn money by expanding and strengthening the network.

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Althea is faster, because anybody in the community is able to expand and improve the network and get paid for investing in faster equipment.

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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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Althea networks are made up of nodes owned by the people who use them. Communities get faster, cheaper internet by cutting out the middleman.

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Clatskanie Node Map

Althea can be deployed in any environment

Residents of Clatskanie, Oregon use Althea to bring high speed internet access to their community, while earning money from the equipment hosted on their houses.

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The Technology


Subscribers load up their device or wifi router with blockchain money to pay for internet access.


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


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 cryptocurrency based on a router’s bandwidth usage. The price-aware routing protocol is demonstrated on early prototypes in this video.

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

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