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Pricing by timing: innovating broadband data plans
Author(s): Sangtae Ha; Carlee Joe-Wong; Soumya Sen; Mung Chiang
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Paper Abstract

Wireless Internet usage is doubling every year. Users are using more of high bandwidth data applications, and the heavy usage concentrates on several peak hours in a day, forcing ISPs to overprovision their networks accordingly. In order to remain profitable, ISPs have been using pricing as a congestion management tool. We review many of such pricing schemes in practice today and argue that they do not solve ISPs' problem of growing data traffic. We believe that dynamic, time-dependent usage pricing, which charges users based on when they access the Internet, can incentivize users to spread out their bandwidth consumption more evenly across different times of the day, thus helping ISPs to overcome the problem of peak congestion. Congestion pricing is not a new idea in itself, but the time for its implementation in data networks has finally arrived. Our key contribution lies in developing new analysis and a fully integrated system architecture, called TUBE (Time-dependent Usage-based Broadband price Engineering) that enables ISPs to implement the proposed TDP plan. The theory, simulation, and system implementation of TUBE system is further complemented with consumer surveys conducted in India and the US, along with preparations for a field trial that is currently underway.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8282, Broadband Access Communication Technologies VI, 82820D (24 January 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.914462
Show Author Affiliations
Sangtae Ha, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Carlee Joe-Wong, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Soumya Sen, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Mung Chiang, Princeton Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8282:
Broadband Access Communication Technologies VI
Benjamin Dingel; Raj Jain; Katsutoshi Tsukamoto, Editor(s)

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