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IWQoS 2015
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Broadband fast-lanes with two-sided control: Design, evaluation, and economics

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Abstract

Enhancing quality-of-service (QoS) for specific traffic streams by assigning them to "fast-lanes" on the broadband Internet service is a subject of intense ongoing debate. While Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have clear economic imperatives for fast-lanes paid by content service providers (CSPs), proponents of net-neutrality argue that consumer interest will be ignored in the selection of traffic thus prioritized. In this paper we propose a new solution in which ISP fast-lanes have "two-sided" control, i.e. by both consumers and CSPs. Our contributions are two-fold: (1) We develop an architecture in which ISP-operated fast-lanes can be controlled at fine-grain (per-flow) by the CSP and at coarse-grain (per-device) by the consumer, and argue why we think such an architecture can meet the needs of all three parties; and (2) We develop an economic model to guide the ISP in determining fast-lane allocation that balances the needs of the CSP against those of the consumer, and evaluate our model via simulation of trace data comprising over 10 million flows.

Date

10 Feb 2016

Publication

IWQoS 2015

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