Michael Schrage wonders if ubiquitous meshing could have a social benefit: I'm sure if I understand the benefits of what he calls Li-Fi (open meshing) or Mi-Fi (Microsoft-based meshing) as opposed to a variety of wireless coverage available at various prices from zero to outrageous.
He talks about creating relays that eventually reach the Net, but the backhaul that he mentions earlier in the article is the problem. Moving data from point A through intermediate points to point I (the Internet) isn't as big a deal as moving data from A to I to another destination on the Internet.
Li-Fi or Mi-Fi both increase latency and limit bandwidth to a subset duplex of the number of meshing devices. Most devices are likely to be in dense places. Those that aren't are likely to be overwhelmed by the traffic that bottlenecks through them.
It's bandwidth and latency that need to be respectively increased and decreased, not interconnectedness on a local wireless network.
Give us bandwidth founts like streetlamps or fire hydrants. [via TechDirt]