Mesh Networks: A Look at the Legal Future

26 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2005

Date Written: September 28, 2005


This paper examines the legal and regulatory implications of wireless mesh networking. Current approaches to internet regulation focus on centralized points of control, such as traditional ISPs. Following the Lessig concept of code, wireless mesh networking is a decentralized architecture, thus increasing the difficulties of regulating internet behavior. Because this new code enables different players to enter the ISP game, this paper also looks at the regulatory impact of two significant groups: community-based and municipally-owned networks.

Keywords: mesh network, municipal, community network, internet, regulation

JEL Classification: K42, K10, K20

Suggested Citation

Hatcher, Jordan S., Mesh Networks: A Look at the Legal Future (September 28, 2005). Available at SSRN: or

Jordan S. Hatcher (Contact Author) ( email )


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