The escalation of municipal and community wireless networks (CWNs) has raised many questions about the most suitable business model, funding instrument, and service pricing policy for a specific community. Unlike traditional Internet service providers, these networks provide wireless Internet access for the purpose of boosting the social and economic development of the community at large. Therefore, such projects need customized business models and pricing policies in order to achieve these objectives. We propose a content-based pricing model where the price of wireless applications is an increasing function of the used bandwidth and a decreasing function of the provided packet delay. We used the Opnet simulation tool to validate the proposed pricing model. The simulation results show that network operators may charge users only for audio and video applications because of the high bandwidth they use compared to data applications. The proposed pricing solution considers the social and economic objectives of CWNs.
Abdelaal, Abdelnasser M. and Ali, Hesham H., "A Content-Based Pricing Model for Municipal and Community Wireless Networks" (2008). AMCIS 2008 Proceedings. 385.