We can have local networking with the DAT protocol and the Beaker Browser, but our school's tech department isn't sold on the idea yet. The benefits include fast speeds, sharing files, and hosting websites locally, so we don't depend on external providers. I could host my website off my laptop, making it available to the students. Then people could browse my photo galleries and copy images. The college could run services locally, making internet outages somewhat obsolete, as long as the local network is up.