World P2P Internet (User:Super Quantum immortal)
(fix the formating latter)
P2P internet can be achieved by small increments
1. Wi-Fi stage - software. You load special software in your wifi capable router, the packets will travel through a chain of wifi routers in order to attain its final destination. It should be feasible to reach ... Portugal from Finland, by bouncing from router to router. At the very beginning, the first chains will connect to the internet through free wifi hot spots, and users donating some of there spare bandwidth. Initial quality will be terrible, but it will gradually build it self up.
People can have alredy some dissent access to the internet through donated bandwidth. But they can enjoy various services by the local network alone. We can have local Radio, mobile telephony, local TV, mirrored websites( especially the very big ones) and other stuff. From the normal internet we can get some relatively low bandwidth services, multicasting stuff (internet radio, TV), e-mail, etc....
Wifi radio on cars could transform highways to literal highways of information, by having packets bouncing from one moving car to the other.
Ionosphere bouncing as used in amateur radio could also help a bit in long distance transmitions. It will still be crap for long distances.
2. Wi-Fi stage - antenna upgrade. The little tiny winy and cheap default antenna wifi stuff come with are crap. Even a very small investment in a beater antenna increases the radius by an important factor.
3. Wi-Fi stage - Router upgrade. Today routers weren’t meant to be used this way
4. Optics. Optical communication( simple LED, then laser) can help in increasing bandwidth if there’s no more room on the frequencies. Its more expensive then the previous stages, but it now worth it, with this trick we avoid installing cables, it would be even more expensive doing that.
5. Fibre optics . Final stage. People connect to each other with fibre optics (when applicable). Bandwidth between routers increase explosively. Any Overhead delay by bouncing through routers can be cancelled, by establishing enough fibre optic connections between the routers. The number of fibber optics between routers can be arbitrary. Anything that is real time can have a special protocol with high priority of transition.
On long distances: If i'm correct about the economics of the internet. The most expensive part of the transition is the near the internautes, not the long distances. One possibility is that the public authorities nationalise or become unique clients and offer as a public good that part of the network. An other possibility, is that cities and countries start doing the same thing as in the local level, they heavily interconnect with there immediate neighbours.
First just a software upgrade, then an antenna upgrade, then router upgrade, then optic communication upgrade(led, then laser), then direct fibber optics connections. Quality increases from very bad to adequate, working in parallel with normal internet, and gradually taking on at least some of the load.
Too few people are on it right now rendering it useless, and people don't join because its useless, the uselessness cycle need to be broken. Even with low % of people it could still work in a minimalist way.
Technical note: ipv6 will be handy here.