David is a Tacoma resident who previously only had internet access at 8mbps - barely enough to stream low definition video! Bee and Ann of Tacoma Cooperative Network showed David how to install Althea equipment and connect it directly to wholesale bandwidth from an Althea partner ISP. David signed up 6 of the 12 houses on his block, who now buy bandwidth from him over Althea's network.
Tacoma Cooperative Network is an Althea operator. Bee and Ann help Althea users set up their gear (if they need help), and provide support to less tech-savvy users. Relays like David don't have to worry about support, since this is all handled by TCN. Tacoma residents connect to a high speed decentralized network, while TCN supports them with a human touch.
David is connected to a fiber network owned by an Althea partner wholesale ISP. However, this network does not reach other houses in his neighborhood. But with Althea's high bandwidth antennas, David is able to resell the wholesale internet to his neighbors and earn money.
Cheryl was not able to afford home internet before. But then she connected to the Althea network through her neighbor David. Now she is able to resell the bandwidth further down the street, offsetting the cost of her own use. If she gets enough of her neighbors onto the network, it will provide her with some supplementary income.
Users connect to the network with millimeter wave antennas providing speeds of over 300mbps. Any user can easily add another antenna to start reselling bandwidth to their neighbors and earning money just like David and Cheryl.