Tucson Mesh is a project to distribute internet for free or cheap to us: an ever-expanding group of people who maintain the network. The network does not make a profit, and it is not a charity.
The purpose of the network is to increase our freedom and well-being, in the following ways:
To get internet access that is cheaper and more reliable than what large corporations offer
To free ourselves from
a. surveillance, as when our corporate ISPs share information about us with government agencies or other corporations, and
b. controls on the internet that may be placed by corporate ISPs, such as “throttling” data or discriminating on content
To demonstrate to ourselves that with cooperation, we can access an important resource that people use daily like the internet, without relying on institutions such as corporate ISPs and the government.