We are in imminent danger of losing the full civic and democratic value of The Internet. As of now, ISPs can record our internet activity, invading our privacy at will to record and purvey any and all data describing our internet behavior. Worse yet, they are posed to enter the business of controlling what we can access, upon the loss of net neutrality. Verizon, Comcast, et al. will place themselves in the cable-TV business, selling "enhanced" access to "channels" of internet sites. Censorship, carried-out through various modes, will be commonplace, and freedom of speech a thing of the past. The old joke told to travelers who are lost: "Can't get there from here.", will become true.
With these thoughts in mind, I was ruminating that there must be some way for people to develop a parallel, non-corporate-controlled internet. Then I realized that the neccessary tools are already in place for a parallel internet. There are many wireless solutions now widely in use by industry for their own data communication needs. These technologies should work nicely for parallel internets. And the basic software infrastructure is also available, and free - even the address-space, with IPV6. And, it should still be possible to tie-in with the old, compromised internet, though digital bridges and routers.
Here are some examples of interestingly relevant technology from one vendor, below:
I am thinking that all we need to get started are a number of dispersed non-profit service providers, linked using some of these wireless network technologies. (And later maybe using other protocols and technologies yet to be devised).
Hooking-up the end user may itself be a challange, but since we are dealing with wireless communications, we would then be free of monopoly control of the last mile. Hooking-up end-users to the "parallel universe" would not necessarily have to be free of cost to them, just practical and free from monopoly control. Yes, money always is the problem… maybe some sort of non-profit organization or organizations can be established to recieve donations and build prototypes?