A more comprehensive overview of SDP is available as an online book chapter in the SIGCOMM E-Book on Recent Advances in Networking. The chapter is aimed at researchers broadly familiar with computer networking but is accessible to general readers and requires no previous knowledge of economics.
By viewing pricing as a tool to create economic incentives for changing user behavior, smart data pricing shows promise as a way to relieve congestion in today’s mobile networks. SDP leverages three key principles:
SDP research proposes smarter ways to price data and considers their effect on the Internet as a whole. SDP impacts all players in the Internet ecosystem: end users, service providers, content providers, app developers, regulators, and hardware and software vendors all feel the effects of changing user behavior. Content providers, for instance, might save users money by preemptively downloading content over WiFi, while regulatory bodies would be concerned at the effect of different types of pricing on low-income users’ ability to access the Internet. To fully consider these effects, SDP research takes three approaches: