The Mesh, as they call it, is a volunteer-run nonprofit. Members typically donate $20 a month for a high-speed connection that’s more than fast enough to stream video.
Commercial service providers turned internet access into business, said Mr. Hall, a software programmer who took a career break to devote himself to the Mesh. But that’s not how it has to be. “We’re creating our own network so we can turn it back into a free network,” he said.
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