Piloting Internet Paid for in Cryptocurrency

Route Fifty: Small businesses in a rural Oregon town have teamed with an internet infrastructure company to pilot a new kind of broadband network, one that proponents say could bring cheaper, faster service to underserved areas.

Community members in Clatskanie began exploring Althea’s incentivized mesh network—in which wireless routers pay each other for bandwith—about a year ago as a potentially less expensive alternative to local internet service providers, or ISPs.

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