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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Althea can be deployed in any environment

Medellin Node Map Clatskanie Node Map

A combination of wireless and wired connections can be used to connect nodes in urban areas with varied terrain, like the red_medellin subnet in Medellin, Colombia.

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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


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


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


Uplinks act as gateways to the internet, competing with other uplinks 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.