Althea Blog

Althea in Los Mochis

On a sunny day in the city of Los Mochis, Mexico, Althea organizer Raul, runs a speed test on an expensive 20Mbps connection. 20Mbps, which is not even considered broadband in the US,

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May Community Update

We launched six new Altheahoods communities in early May. An Altheahood community is selected by an organizer as a potential deployment.  Local organizers then work together with the Althea team to get people

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Faster, Cheaper Internet in Medellin Colombia

Before the Red Medellin team brought in Althea's innovative technology, options for internet access were limited in Comuna 13, one of the sprawling urban communities on the hills surrounding Medellin Colombia. A few

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Althea Development Update #69: Decentralization without compromises

Althea has taken the same base software ISPs use and applied some modern advancements. In short we've stacked our advantages and minimized our overhead to such a degree that we come out even with centralized ISP performance.

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Althea Development Update #68: Time is relative for computers too

This issue got me thinking about the relativity of time on the routers. Our billing algorithm made the assumption that everyone did billing computations every 5 seconds, what would happen when that didn't hold true?

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April Update

Taking a note from Google's rollout of their fiber networks, we are introducing the new Altheahoods program! This program supplies organizers with the marketing tools and internet presence to get end users signed

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Althea Development Update #67: Chasing ghosts in the machine

Once you design a distributed system to handle any one point of failure you don't stop having failures, they just get more complicated and interconnected. Beta 3 is finally rolling out, after several

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Althea in Medellin

My trip to Colombia Entonces(enˈtonses/, [ẽn̪ˈt̪õnses]) — One of my favorite Spanish words. It means then or so. I like the cadence, how it fills the awkward space in a sentence

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March Update

We were so busy building and growing I think we missed an update in February! We now have 23 users in Clatskanie, and several relays (a relay is a node that has a

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Althea is about building infrastructure

When we talk about Althea's design often the first question comes down to 'why home internet'. Why do we focus on home networks when what people really want is cell data, just cheaper?

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Althea Development Update #66: New dashboard, exit redundancy

Althea now supports multihomed exits, meaning a single exit can be run across multiple datacenters and bridged into the mesh like any other alternate route. The other major change is the creation of a 'low balance' mode.

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Tales from the Field

It was raining. It always seems to rain just as we pack up the rig with all of the antennas, cables, and tools. My fellow subnet organizer, Shaun, and I were heading to

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Althea Development Update #65: The Quantum Leap

we released payments and then immediately set about doubling the size of our test network. In doing so we had raised the bar for the quality of our features and interfaces.

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Blockchain and Broadband

It’s difficult for big telecom to make money selling bandwidth to small rural towns or low income urban areas, otherwise they would already be there. Internet poverty exists because there is little

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Althea Development Update #64: Beta 1 rollout, UI improvements, New blog platform

Rolled out @AltheaOrg Beta 1 today in production. Members of the Clatskanie Co-op are loading up their routers with ethereum, which automatically pays my router for bandwidth. Exciting stuff! pic.twitter.com/uCUftWoDDG

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Outage report: 14-Jan–2019

Starting at 8pm Pacific time yesterday through 3am Pacific time today Althea’s exit servers were down. This is our first major (longer than a 15 minute) outage since June of 2018. The

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Althea Development Update #63: Beta 1

Right now Beta 1 rc2 is churning it’s way through the build system Once this release passes QA in a couple of days we will have out first Althea build with feature

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Althea Development Update #62: Free tier design and the life of a packet

Since our last update bandwidth payments have been making their way down the stabilization pipeline we’re going to roll out Alpha 12 to…

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Metered Bandwidth on Althea

In this post I’m going to explain Althea’s billing system and how it provides more transparency, choice, and control than the traditional…

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Althea Development Update #61: Testnet bandwidth payments

Pragmatic bootstrapping

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