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Abstract

Broadband distribution of interactive multimedia is a rapidly growing market that utilizes data networks and requires stringent resource allocations. Supporting such allocations and conserving resources require economically rational and technically feasible models. Shared distribution of products to generate customized combinations is outlined as a possible solution, augmented by a subscription-based regime that induces consumers to reveal their valuations by migrating to combinations that match their preferences. The distribution of a product involves a hierarchy of self-sustaining communities, that effectively decentralizes the informational issues. Local providers act as intermediaries procuring content from network-wide auctions and assembling it into customized bundles.

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