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Intro to Pollen Mobile

Corporations, governments, and rogue non-state actors routinely exploit the centralized nature of existing wireless communications networks to oppress and profit. The world needs a private, anonymous, and decentralized global wireless communications network that is built, owned, and operated by its users.
Modern distributed ledger technologies (including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Solana) have revolutionized the ability to anonymously conduct secure digital transactions and operate smart contracts via decentralized networks.
Predecessor initiatives (including Helium) have demonstrated that distributed ledger applications, a crypto-enabled incentive and payments system, open source technologies, and decentralized governance models can be harnessed to revolutionize the development and operation of physical world networks.
Recently, the US Federal Communication Commission’s creation of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) — the frequency band from 3.55 GHz to 3.70 GHz accessible without purchasing a spectrum license [1] — has democratized a portion of the US airwaves, no longer restricting access to the few corporations that can afford the multi-billion dollar prices required to win spectrum auctions.
Here we introduce Pollen - the first privacy focused, anonymous, decentralized, 4G / 5G, open source mobile network [2] enabled by a crypto economy that is owned and operated by its users.
The core elements of the Pollen network include:
  • Utilization of CBRS spectrum (in the US)
  • A distributed ledger-based digital infrastructure (initially built on the Solana blockchain)
  • A crypto economy utilizing PollenCoin (PCN), a Solana token
  • Gamified rewards (paid in PCN) to incentivize early adoption and network development
  • Open source network infrastructure, including Magma Core​
  • Open source designs created by Pollen to enable community members to source / build their own hardware
  • Decentralized governance via an Enhanced Distributed Autonomous Organization (DAO) model
[1] There are 15 channels in the CBRS band, eight of which are open and seven of which can be leased on a zip code-by-zip code basis.
[2] We are building a “data-only” mobile network because legacy concepts such as “phone calls” and “text messaging” are inherently insecure, incompatible with our Core Values, as outlined below, and can be replicated with applications such as Signal, iMessage, FaceTime, and WhatsApp, which are compatible.