Faster, cheaper, decentralized Internet

Althea enables routers to pay each other for bandwidth, making it easy for communities to set up networks which are faster and cheaper than the existing ISP monopolies. Learn more about our blockchain-powered router, the communities we’re working in, and our vision for an Internet that works for everyone below.

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Faster

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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Cheaper

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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Decentralized

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

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 and manage their own networks.

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The Technology

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

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

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Uplinks act as gateways to the internet, also earning tokens, 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.

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Althea test deployments are launching now in the US and Colombia, with hundreds of other communities ready to get started. Join us: whether you’ve got a little extra time, technical skills, a commitment to open and accessible Internet, or all of the above, we’d love to hear from you.

Select a role below to learn more and get started. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Send us an email at hello@altheamesh.com.

Subnet Organizers are key players in the Althea system. Right now, we’re looking for people who want to set up a test deployment for their building, neighborhood, or city. Ideally, you've got a little technical knowledge, a bit of time to spare, and close ties to the area you're working in. Along with the rest of the Althea community, we're here to work with you through every step of the journey.

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Subnet Organizers are key players in the Althea system. Right now, we’re looking for people who want to set up a test deployment for their building, neighborhood, or city. Ideally, you've got a little technical knowledge, a bit of time to spare, and close ties to the area you're working in. Along with the rest of the Althea community, we're here to work with you through every step of the journey.

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Looking for better, faster, cheaper, and more resilient internet access, but don’t have the time to organize an Althea subnet yourself? You’ve come to the right place—we’ll match you with local networks as they become available.

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Looking for better, faster, cheaper, and more resilient internet access, but don’t have the time to organize an Althea subnet yourself? You’ve come to the right place—we’ll match you with local networks as they become available.

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We’re building and refining our technology now—our lead developer Justin posts regular updates to Medium, and all of our code is available on Github. If you have questions or ideas, we’re all ears, just send us your information via the form below and we’ll get it to our team.

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We’re building and refining our technology now—our lead developer Justin posts regular updates to Medium, and all of our code is available on Github. If you have questions or ideas, we’re all ears, just send us your information via the form below and we’ll get it to our team.

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Want to write about us, partner with us, work for us or something else entirely? Curious about our code? Send us an email at hello@altheamesh.com, or fill out the form below and we’ll get right back to you.

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Want to write about us, partner with us, work for us or something else entirely? Curious about our code? Send us an email at hello@altheamesh.com, or fill out the form below and we’ll get right back to you.

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We'll never share your email with anyone else.