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In this paper, the authors address the problem of local balancing in multi-hop wireless networks. They introduce the notion of proactive routing: after a short pre-processing phase in which nodes build their routing tables by exchanging messages with neighbors, they require that nodes decide the relay of each message without any further interaction with other nodes. Besides delivering very low communication overhead, proactive routing protocols are robust against some well known active attacks to network routing. In this framework, they develop a proactive routing protocol that is able to balance the local load.