"An Internet Cost Model, Assignment of Costs Based on Actual Network Use" featured for open access

The End of Free Internet

By IGI Global on May 27, 2014
The New York Times reported last week that the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to open for public debate regarding new rules meant to guarantee a free and open Internet. The recent net neutrality debate is a result of the FCC proposal permitting Internet service providers to set up "fast lanes" for Web sites to pay for quicker access to content.

The End Of Free Internet For example, Netflix, who accounts for roughly 30 percent of all web traffic, recently signed major deals with internet service providers Verizon and Comcast to ensure its videos are streamed to customers more smoothly. Many other large companies have also brokered deals for faster service.

The discussion at the FCC headquarters regarding this new proposal got heated, with four protesters being removed from the courtroom. The commission is allowing the public to submit initial comments on the proposal until July 15, and until September 10 to file comments regarding the initial discussions. “Today’s F.C.C. discussion about the rules included encouraging words about the need for an open Internet,” the Consumer's Union said in a statement. “But the agency’s plan still appears to go against the principles of ensuring one. The proposal could negatively impact consumer prices, choices and access to the Internet, as well as free speech and innovation.”

And what could it actually cost? The IGI Global article “An Internet Cost Model, Assignment of Costs Based on Actual Network Use” investigates and analyzes the actual costs that users could face in time where they might have to pay for the internet speed they use. Written by academics at the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain: Miguel Ramírez, Alfredo Gutiérrez, Josep Maria Monguet; and Christian Muñoz of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia, this article discusses a model focused on obtaining a variable pricing methodology that reflects the actual use of network resources that users utilize to get specific content. By exploring elements to establish the importance of this topic, the theoretical models of pricing are reviewed.

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