Information Access is Fine, But Who is Going to Pay?

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Abstract

Modern telecommunication networks promise new perspective in information access at any time, from any place. On the other hand recent spectrum auctions made it clear, that the transmission capacity (at least for wireless access!) becomes really an economic issue. In this talk we advocate the thesis, that both flat rate and usage based charging of the end-users are structurally wrong, and discuss an alternative dual charging model.

This is a modified version of an unpublished talk given during the Third Berlin Internet Economy Workshop, Mai 2001, Berlin, Germany.