A caste system had been imposed.
This is a bad way to do radio. It may work on repeaters when everybody can hear what is going on and cooperation is required in order to operate. Packet radio has no such realities.
With our TARPN, we can eliminate the caste system. Everybody can take part in the benefits of being a system operator. Everybody can add to the system and critique its construction and operation. Everybody learns how to build/supervise/monitor/repair a network. Everybody can have a stake in the results.
Practically speaking, everybody will have a Raspberry PI network node. Everybody can support multiple links if they chose to. The good news is that the switch hardware is not very expensive and the work already done to prepare for the launch of our first TARPNs include making the management of the switch something everybody can do.