C. Redmond, V. Wade ‘Dynamic Charging for Information Services’ in IEE Colloquium Charging for ATM - The Reality Arrives, November, Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1997, pp 13/1 - 13/10
The last five years has seen an incredibly rapid growth in the number of subscribers to the
Internet and in the number of organisations which now consider a presence on the world
wide web as vital to their commercial interests. With such growth arises the possibilities of
not just advertising services on the WWW, but actually offering, delivering and gaining
payment for information services over the Internet. Such information service providers may
be the Internet provider themselves, or represent value added service providers making use of
a third party Internet service provider. This paper looks at the issues which are relevant to
devising charging schemes based on information content and usage.
The paper first outlines some general approaches for charging for bandwidth and information
services and then examines the properties of digital information which can effect the
metering and charging of such information services. The paper presents the early ideas of a
charging policy which discourages local (user) copies of digital information resources,
suggesting two indexes which can be used to indicate the behaviour (usage) of the
information. The paper also details the design and implementation of a generic (charging
policy neutral) accounting management service based on the TINA C service architecture.
This management service is being trialed on WWW based tele-educational service operating
over a pan-European ATM based network.
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