Reading this story about the possibility of the internet as we know it (open end-end networks) dying, made me think of an essay I wrote 2 years ago: WiFi Peering. Would it be possible to use this technology to route around government imposed (and/or sanctioned) gateways like last-mile broadband providers? [Adam Curry: Adam Curry's Weblog]
Adam, I agree that you are on to something. WiFi switching capability is right around the corner, and that would allow serious performance boosts in meshed networks. However, an important component to remember is that the FCC designated that frequency band for unlicensed experimental communications, so at some point, they will step back in and regulate it.