I admit to being a software rather than a hardware person, and being more high-level at that, so maybe there's a technological reason for it but: WHY can we not just take a whole buttload of Pi Zero W based devices (N-O-D-E nano server style) running a mesh network, plug them in all over Philadelphia, and solve [some of] the connectivity problems in low-income neighborhoods?
(This train of thought started with "Ooh Pi 400! Affordable computer!" but then thinking that's not the real issue.)
@nathand I was kind of thinking more of a pirate network: everybody has their own node, no centralized ownership. Keeping nodes up-to-date (and not compromised) is a problem, of course, since you'd have a ton of naive "sysadmins" and the likely point-of-failure would be the distro from which one would update nodes (especially if you are updating the network *from* itself, where a mitm would probably be an issue. Wouldn't want the whole thing to be turned into a botnet.)
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