25 July 2001 Internet pricing in light of the history of communications
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Proceedings Volume 4526, Scalability and Traffic Control in IP Networks; (2001) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.434399
Event: ITCom 2001: International Symposium on the Convergence of IT and Communications, 2001, Denver, CO, United States
Abstract
There are repeating patterns in the histories of communication technologies, including ordinary mail, the telegraph, the telephone, and the Internet. In particular, the typical story for each service is that quality rises, prices decrease, and usage increases to produce increased total revenues. At the same time, prices become simpler. The historical analogies of this paper suggest that the Internet will evolve in a similar way, towards simplicity. The schemes that aim to provide differentiated service levels and sophisticated pricing schemes are unlikely to be widely adopted.
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Andrew M. Odlyzko, Andrew M. Odlyzko, } "Internet pricing in light of the history of communications", Proc. SPIE 4526, Scalability and Traffic Control in IP Networks, (25 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.434399; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.434399
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