Pied Piper’s New Internet Isn’t Just Possible—It’s Almost Here | WIRED
But the idea of creating decentralized wireless networks—mesh networks—still has merit. One such network, #Wlan_Slovenija, for example, now covers all of Slovenia and is spreading to neighboring countries. But these mesh networks are still along way from replacing telcos–especially in the US. Even as wireless base stations improve, they can’t quite yet compete with the fiber optic cables that link the nation’s telco infrastructure on speed and reliability, and some community networks, such as #Guifi in Spain, are bolstering their wireless connections with fiber.