I had made this to a thread that will probably be buried, and so it's worth mentioning again: Get involved with your local amateur radio group! We are actually using radio, after all. And there are several benefits to be gained from collaboration...
- You can learn about software defined radio. If nothing else, it's a very useful debugging tool. Kind of like a Wireshark for RF.
- Hams run repeaters. Repeaters are on towers. And they often have internet access for control purposes. If you ask nicely, they may let you co-locate a gateway.
- In many parts of the world, amateur radio frequency allocations bumps up against the ISM bands used by LoRa. It's nice to play nice.
- Bring LoRa to hams. They already experiment with half-a-dozen different digital modes and our tools and techniques could bring some positive cross-over.
Just my two cents. Sorry if it's been discussed before.