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Internet could be provided for free to all with individual people setting up relays using eye-safe lasers to communicate data with extremely low latency.
Starting an ISP poses a number of costs. Noteworthy are the costs of installing equipment and cables, lawyering your way onto a regulated radio frequency, defeating anti-competition legislation introduced by cable companies, and paying for IP transit.
Safe lasers aren't regulated, and don't require the kind of permits that radio or cable-based Internet would. Proposal: if we could build the relays for a laser-based data network, share the costs of IP transit, and make a case for pro bono help from lawyers (or crowdfund a legal fund), then we could create a grassroots Internet and provide it to anybody free of charge.
Wi-fi Dabba is a company in Bengaluru, India already providing laser internet that offers free Internet with the completion of a Captcha or viewing of an ad.
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