About Project

Althea is a system that lets routers pay each other for bandwidth. This allows people to set up local 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.

Althea is faster, because anybody in the community is able to expand and improve the network and get paid for investing in faster equipment.

Althea’s price-aware routing protocol makes sure that traffic takes the cheapest path. Your router gets the best prices, second by second.

Althea networks are made up of nodes owned by the people who use them. Communities get faster, cheaper internet by cutting out the middleman.

Althea allows the residents of Tacoma, Washington to install inexpensive antennas bringing high speed access to their community, and earn money in the process.