Dynamic Charging for Information Services
WADE, VINCENT PATRICK
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Citation: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.
Publisher:Institution of Electrical Engineers