Helium Network is literally eating The Things Network's for lunch. There is at least twice the LoRaWAN coverage in the US with Helium Hotspots. (LoRaWAN gateways.)
Check out the network map, which currently has 4,448 Hotspots! https://network.helium.com/coverage
I thought this was fake, so I drove to every Hotspot in my state and was able to be picked up by all of them! I am impressed!
Gatways are incentivized to operate by paying operators a network token called HNT. This feels like a missing part of The Things Network.
More info: https://www.helium.com/