The short answer:

The longer answer: Broadband is as essential as electricity or water but is not as widespread. For context, 100% of homes in the U.S. have electricity and water but tens of millions do not have access to affordable…


NetEquity Networks and Althea Networks have entered into a strategic partnership to finance, build and operate last-mile broadband networks. Our first project will be in rural Nebraska where we will leverage the fiber optic network owned by OPTK Networks (“OPTK”).

To finance this network, we will use Althea’s system to execute a revenue share smart contract between OPTK, cell tower operators, building owners, investors and network technicians (“Network Stakeholders”).

Althea’s system offers real-time payments and complete fund flow transparency to Network Stakeholders. This visibility makes a revenue share contract possible in a trust-minimized way. A revenue share contract for broadband…


“If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment” — Brene Brown

I turned 38 last week. A well meaning post by an uncle of mine reminded me of the worst years of my life. I am the youngest of three brothers and was reminded every day by people close to me that I was not a manly man. The popular narrative was and is that my brothers were “rough and tough” but I was a “mama’s boy” and a “pretty boy” who cried a lot. I did. Almost every week, averaging 20–30 minutes per cry session. For 9 years straight.

As the years went by I was told to just suck…


NetEquity’s mission is to make high speed Internet access affordable for every human within a decade. We believe the best way to accomplish our mission is by building an open access fiber network in every country.

A fiber optic cable has virtually unlimited capacity which implies that it has negligible marginal cost of serving additional users. When a fiber network is financed under a fixed or formula driven investment return structure, its incentive structure becomes aligned with the ideals of open access. Specifically, the price paid to access such a network declines as usage grows. …


How to keep stakeholders on the same page in times of exponential change

Board members have a duty to keep themselves informed about matters put before them for decision. This duty cannot be complied with unless board members have relevant material upon which to base their decisions. Management provides the Board with information they consider relevant though a dossier (commonly called “board pack”) ~7 days before a board meeting.

The board pack is a key source of information for board members, but also a source of concern for all stakeholders, especially management teams. According to 2017 research by UK governance consultancy Board Intelligence:


Why is half the world unable to access the Internet?

Half the world cannot access the Internet and that’s just not OK!

1. Internet access: coverage ≠ connectivity


Four days from now an unprecedented event will take place in Italy…

The breakup of an incumbent telecom carrier driven by market forces and not anti trust regulations

1. What is meant by “market forces”?


This post is a compilation of videos explaining how open access fiber can improve lives

How fiber improves learning outcomes

How fiber lowers cost of healthcare

How fiber improve grid monitoring

How fiber makes cities safer

How fiber makes cities smarter


I moved towns every 2–3 years while growing up because dad was an army man. This meant re-establishing my self in a kiddie social network (usually a cricket team) every 2–3 years. In cricket terms, going from being the “12th man” who only did fielding to being assured a “batting spot” involved navigating a pre-existing social network and dealing with lots rejection as well.

Over the years this nomadic life taught me a few lessons that helped me get into college, find a job, build a company and switch careers. This post is about those lessons. …


Local communities in rural America are showing what needs to happen to make “Internet for all” financially feasible on a global scale, this post elaborates 5 themes I observed at the Broadband Communities Conference held in Ontario CA (Oct 2018)

When I first shared with my friends and family that I will quit my career to make internet access affordable for all (c. March 2016), a good friend joked with me saying he always knew I was a “commie” and reminded me of this quote by Vladimir Lenin (1920).

Soon after reading this quote I became curious about how America (the anti-thesis of communism) solved its electricity access problem. For context, in the 1930s, 9/10 households did not have to access to electricity in America. By early 1970s, 98% of all rural farms had electrical service. …

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