Althea, a system that enables communities to build and maintain their own decentralized internet infrastructure, has launched an “Altheahood” community in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.
According to Althea organizers, residents can join together to receive “cheaper, faster” internet service or to become relays to earn money. In order to begin deployment, Althea organizers are seeking 100 pre-registrations.
“The cost of internet services has been a huge obstacle for residents in Hilltop, but Althea organizers are joining together to bring neighbors and businesses more affordable options,” Deborah Simpier, co-founder of Althea, said in a statement. “We look forward to building a community-owned internet co-op with faster, but cheaper internet service and helping other neighborhoods collaborate, too.”
For Althea participants, local organizers will install and configure hardware, provide ongoing support, and help generate revenue streams with internet equipment. Local businesses and consumers can set up a router to receive internet service and then earn money by selling bandwidth to other users.