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I agree with some of the authors points. One item that is missing is the incentive structure.

Let's take mesh networks for example (as mentioned in the article). Substratum pays users in coins to share their network, which creates an incentive to grow the network (as long as the coins are worth something). If the coins are worthless, the model doesn't work.

It would take a lot of money to create the incentives without the coins.

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