Mesh networking may be an emerging alternative to Internet networks with I.S.P.s vulnerable to censorship and disaster. Julian Dibble writes on the technology in the March 2012 Scientific American.
Mesh networks are in a very beginning phase today. Computer users have their own routers and develop a democratic, peer broadcast architecture that does not go through an I.S.P. The routers are wireless and cost about $150. The concept of computer users linking directly through a wireless net to other users and only secondarily to the Internet via I.S.P.â€™s does have quite a lot going for it beside cost savings.
Discrete, independent mesh wireless architecture would let users avoid giving data to mega-corporations and governments such as Facebook, Twitter and the National Security Agency in as great of quantity. There are existing social networks on the Internet that let users store personal data on their computer instead of in â€˜the cloudâ€™.
The progress of mesh networks in the years ahead may bbe advanced through synthetic accretion of programming and low-cost technology allowing mesh wireless access in and out of the Internet through numbers of wireless avenues and possibly even laser beams bounced off the moon. Fractalizing mesh net access in free ways so far as possible is an ideal that can be fulfilled over the years ahead. Instead of relying upon I.S.P.s controlled by concentrated wealth and governments the people might in essence construct independent wireless network throughput stations in overlapping and independent, abundant signaling devices able to withstand the time when Comrade Blinker grabs the Internet by the short wires.