"This decade will therefore likely witness a major change in the ways in which network resources are managed, and the role of economics in allocating these resources... By exploring the benefits and challenges of pricing data, this paper attempts to facilitate both the industrial and the academic communities' efforts in understanding the existing literature, recognizing new trends, and shaping an appropriate and timely research agenda."
"The rules also recognize that broadband providers need meaningful flexibility to manage their networks to deal with congestion, security, and other issues. And we recognize the importance and value of business-model experimentation, such as tiered pricing. These rules fulfill many promises, including a promise to the future—a promise to the companies that don’t yet exist, and the entrepreneurs who haven’t yet started work in their dorm rooms or garages.""
"As the Internet makes its transition from a partially subsidized service to a commercial service with all costs recovered by direct charging, there is a pressing need for a model of how pricing and cost recovery should be structured. This model would provide a framework for differentiating among users with different requirements for service, and for rationalization of payments between the different service providers that make up the Internet."
"Providing mobile services in a developing country is very different from doing the same thing in the developed world...As mobile phones get cheaper and more poor people can afford them, ARPUs across the developing world are falling. Operators in poor countries have responded by finding new ways to reduce the cost of operating mobile networks and serving customers…"
"...AT&T's new 'Sponsored Data' service opens up new data use options for AT&T wireless customers and customer-friendly mobile broadband channels to businesses that choose to participate as sponsors. With the new Sponsored Data service, data charges resulting from eligible users will be billed directly to the sponsoring company; the customer simply enjoys their content via AT&T's wireless data network."
Smart data pricing (SDP) is a research initiative that uses pricing incentives to improve network management. Over the past five years, many Internet service providers have tried to limit surging user demand for wired and wireless data by capping users’ monthly data usage and charging hefty overage fees or throttling data rates above the cap. SDP argues that in order to handle this growing demand, service providers need to stop looking at demand growth as a problem to be solved by penalizing users and start seeing it as an opportunity to better manage their network capacity by creating the right economic incentives for their users.
SDP research has been going on for decades: even in 1997, some network providers and networking researchers proposed using pricing to manage network congestion and align users’ and providers’ economic incentives. Fifteen years later, the growing demand for data has lent a new urgency to these ideas in industry as well as in academia. Current SDP research thus focuses on not just proposing new data pricing plans but also demonstrating their viability with fully functional prototypes and field trials. This website provides an overview of current SDP research directions and a more general survey of recent and not-so-recent research papers.