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Mesh Networks: A Look at the Legal Future

Jordan S. Hatcher


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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

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

JEL Classification: K42, K10, K20

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Date posted: October 11, 2005  

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Hatcher, Jordan S., Mesh Networks: A Look at the Legal Future (September 28, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=814984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.814984

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