A Price-Based Decision Policy to Mitigate the Tragedy of the Commons and Anti-Commons

  • M. Sumbwanyambe
  • A. L. Nel
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 229)


In developing countries subsidies play an important role and are used in one way or another to extend the information and communication services to the information “have nots” through subsidized communication services. However, subsidies may have an impact on network resource utilization, quality of service and the amount of revenue generated. For example, subsidies may lead to low Quality of Service (QoS) and high resource utilization while in some instances unsubsidized services may lead to high quality of services and low utilization of resources. This see-saw effect may eventually lead to market failure and it may, now and then, destroy market efficiency. This phenomenon calls for a combined study, in which the relationship between subsidy, price, QoS and resource utilization is investigated. In this chapter, the impact of subsidies on quality of service and resource utilization in multitier communities is investigated. We try to find a middle ground between implementation of subsidy policy and its effects on QoS and resource utilization in a network.


Heterogeneous communities ICTs Pricing policy Quality of service Subsidy Tragedy of the anti-commons Tragedy of the commons 



This work was partially supported by the University of Johannesburg commonwealth bursary fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering ScienceUniversity of JohannesburgAuckland ParkSouth Africa

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