The enabling technology of the Althea system is firmware, installed on network routers.
The firmware runs a routing protocol, letting routers pay each other for bandwidth, and automates network configuration.
Routers are connected through accessible and inexpensive hardware, that can meet the needs of any local community.
These routers collectively make up subnets, serving buildings, neighborhoods, and communities.
Subnets connect to the Internet through a backhaul - a commercial-grade subscription to the Internet backbone.
The backhaul is organized by a Subnet DAO; a community organization that helps start, grow & support a local subnet.
Users are also incentivized to grow the network by connecting their neighbors to the Althea subnet.