The combination of open source technology and legacy technology makes it possible to setup networks that are affordable and offer quality that is good enough for the needs of users who otherwise might have nothing.
HestiaPi is an evolving project that began with a focus on a thermostat, but aspires to play a larger role in the growing smart home ecosystem.
One of the most important insights or lessons is the necessity of fibre optic connectivity rather than wireless. While this remains true in any community, it is particularly essential in rural and remote communities that are already suffering from expensive, slow, and unreliable access.
Althea combines open source software, accessible hardware, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology towards achieving a community ISP that can be set up anywhere.
Ubiquiti's role in the community and wireless internet provider industry has been substantive and has been a catalyst for their proliferation.