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Titolo:
How to charge for network services - flat-rate or usage-based?
Autore:
Altmann, J; Chu, K;
Indirizzi:
Univ Calif Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA Univ Calif Berkeley Berkeley CA USA 94720 erkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA Hewlett Packard Labs, Internet & Mobile Syst Lab, Cupertino, CA 95014 USA Hewlett Packard Labs Cupertino CA USA 95014 Lab, Cupertino, CA 95014 USA Univ Calif Berkeley, Dept Econ, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA Univ Calif Berkeley Berkeley CA USA 94720 pt Econ, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA
Titolo Testata:
COMPUTER NETWORKS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKING
fascicolo: 5-6, volume: 36, anno: 2001,
pagine: 519 - 531
SICI:
1389-1286(200108)36:5-6<519:HTCFNS>2.0.ZU;2-I
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Keywords:
pricing plans; user demand for network services; experimental studies; quality of service; flat-rate vs. usage-based pricing;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Engineering, Computing & Technology
Citazioni:
5
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Altmann, J Univ Calif Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA Univ Calif Berkeley Berkeley CA USA 94720 rkeley, CA 94720 USA
Citazione:
J. Altmann e K. Chu, "How to charge for network services - flat-rate or usage-based?", COMPUT NET, 36(5-6), 2001, pp. 519-531

Abstract

Currently, the Internet service provider market offers two different typesof pricing plans. In the USA, the predominant pricing plan is a hat-rate plan. In Europe and Asia, the predominant one is a per-minute pricing plan. Enrolled in such a pricing plan, users have to pay for the connect time to the Internet. Although Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have competed heavily for users in these last few years, they only have focused on trying to offer the lowest price within such pricing plans. A potentially more profitable and sustainable method of doing business would be for ISPs to differentiate themselves by offering more customized pricing plans for certain usergroups. An important question then is whether a pricing plan exists that is attractive to users, but also allows ISPs to build a sustainable business. Based on empirical results of the INternet Demand EXperiment (INDEX) project, we discuss a pricing plan for Internet access that appears to be appreciated by Internet users as well as by ISPs, This pricing plan combines theadvantages of flat-rate pricing and usage-based pricing. Users will benefit by receiving unlimited access to a basic service with the choice of higher quality of service (QoS) whenever they demand. From the ISPs' perspective, such a pricing plan will help any ISP to focus on certain user' groups and to reduce peak network load, (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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