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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Gamer FAST Internet. No Contracts. FIRST MONTH FREE!

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER INTERNET PROVIDERS?

Althea networks function as a standard and “normal ISP”, [internet service provider] whereby a system of antennas spread a high-speed connection and a router in your home provides Internet. 


With legacy and Big Telco networks, the antennas and infrastructure are owned by one entity, and that entity can be located miles away. An Althea network, is hosted by people right here in your community which means the revenue and ownership of the network stays local.

"At least once a day people ask us for a good local option for internet, and we always point to Althea. Since we’re a relay we haven’t had a bill in a year, and the router building funds is a great little kickback for having a few antennas on the house."

DIMIDY & KANAN KJELLAND

Local clients & relay in Clatskanie, Oregon

WHAT IS THE COST?

Similar, to a pre-paid phone, you pay a small monthly fee for service and then only pay for what you use. Cost per GB ranges from about 35 to 60 cents, on average most families pay about $40-$60 a month.

Internet Provider

Download speed

Download speed

By design Althea is always the best speed your hardware will provide. New subscribers in our Knappa, Oregon network, report speeds are five times as fast and more affordable than the legacy telcos here.

Average Cost

Average cost

Althea's pre-paid model and always-on Free Tier enable flexible payments for any budget and enable broadband access for more people. You can also earn money for being a key part of the infrastructure of the network.

Throttling

Throttling

Althea is structured to always give you the fastest internet your connection can provide, instead of legacy telco models that artificially throttle and limit access.

Data cap

Data cap

Never! Nothing else to say here!

Only pay for what you use?

Pay for what you use

Althea’s flexible pay-as-you-go model adjusts to your actual internet usage. What other internet provider does that?

Relay

revenue sharing

Relay revenue sharing

Althea has a pay-for-forward model.
Example: In rural Washington, Althea connects with local businesses and homeowners to install equipment on their roofs - users get paid an automatic revenue share for being part of the network.

Referral = 

cost-saving?

Cost savings through referrals

Local network operators install a small antenna (about the size of a dinner plate) on your home that connects with other antennas in your neighborhood. Together you and your neighbors create a network. You can earn revenue for getting your neighbors to be a part of the
Althea network!

CenturyLink

10-30 Mbps

$65

YES

NO

NO

NO

NO

Xfinity

50 Mbps

$60

YES

NO

NO

NO

NO

HughesNet

25 Mbps

$59.99

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

Viasat

12-30 Mbps

$50+

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

Althea

30-150 Mbps

$40 - $60

NO!

NO!

YES!

YES!

YES!

Source: Allconnect, Comcast, CenturyLink, HughesNet, Viasat

WHY DO IT THIS WAY?

Because Big Telco doesn’t want your business. Small communities don’t bring in BIG bucks. Althea steadfastly believes that rural communities should and must have the same access to hi-speed Internet broadband as big cities. In today’s competitive world connectivity is essential to everyday life from education to farming and business. By using private property, Althea builds networks in an agile way - affordable to areas with a smaller, or spread-out population. We’re GAMER FAST and reliable!

NO CREDIT CHECKS

NO LATE FEES

NO DEPOSITS

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Local network operators install a small antenna (about the size of a dinner plate) on your home that connects with other antennas in your neighborhood. You can earn revenue for being part of the network as well!

IS IT FAST?

YES! GAMER FAST! Althea networks use cutting-edge technology to provide the fastest speed and best user experience. Modern antennas can easily provide similar service to wired networks. 

IS MY CONNECTION SECURE?

YES! All local connections are fully encrypted using Wireguard, and we are committed to net neutrality - your content will never be censored or throttled.

WHERE IS THE INTERNET CONNECTION COMING FROM?

We work to provide the very best main, incoming wholesale connection. Sometimes working in conjunction with municipal, open access and local middle mile carriers. Althea’s software load balances, provide failover - automatically choosing the best connection for you on a second-by-second basis.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT WITH ALTHEA INTERNET?

An internet service provider that is GAMER FAST, affordable and a locally run. All connections are secure and encrypted. People who host relay antennas can reduce their bill or get additional credit. Local and resilient redundant connections automatically failover and keep the network running smoothly.