From DevCon 5 in Osaka, Japan, Deborah Simpier, COO and cofounder of Althea Network, describes how this decentralized internet service provider works, what problem it’s trying to solve, and how it uses Ethereum. She describes how neighbors provide each other with internet access, and how they pay each other automatically on pay-as-you-go plans using a stablecoin. She also covers how she came to found Althea, what challenges she faced in explaining how it worked to her non-crypto neighbors,  and Althea’s plans to expand to other areas, including urban areas and Nigeria.

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Althea Network:

Deborah Simpier:

Case study on Clatskanie:

Deborah’s talk at ETH Berlin:

Weekly news recap links:

IRS Guidance

IRS press release:

Guidance on hard forks and airdrops:

Coin Center response:

IRS scenario that never happened:

Marco Santori take:

Patrick Murck take:

Ethereum 2.0

The transition from Ethereum 1.0 to 2.0:

Ethereum 2.0 cross-sharding composability:

Wired article on Facebook/Libra connections:

Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Rejection:


Placeholder on protocols:

Ali Yahya on why there will be multiple dominant blockchains:

QuadrigaCX widow to pay $9 million to affected users: