Did you know: There’s a decentralized, community-operated free high-speed internet? It has 32783 active nodes. Most of them are located in Catalonia and the Valencian Community, in Spain but there are pockets worldwide. guifi.net in operation since april 2009 and growing constantly.
You can see today’s map here:
Its ‘internet in the commons’. Donated equipment, high-speed, run by volunteers in the communities who use them.
‘m reading a rather large text on it found on the left-hand side of the page here:
Telecommunications Infrastructure as Commons Local Self Determination (Feb 1, 2013) part 1
[there’s three parts. PDF]
They might’ve piggybacked as a research project-turned into perpetual contract but I’m just guessing here. These are maps of research facilities with excess bandwidth that provide them for free. That would be one way to get around commercial infrastructure.