The B4RN DIY Internet project connects ~7,000 homes in rural north-west England:
The main thing it requires is getting away from the mindset of capitalism. As long as capitalism is a tool, one way among many of getting things done, I have no great quarrel with it ; but it tends to expand to fill all available space.
@publius Consumer-owned cooperatives might be the way to go here.
In my opinion, they offer a set of solutions which should be implemented FAR more frequently.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko