Date Added: Oct 2010
The wireless community networking paradigm shows great promise in achieving a global status. However, in creating a ''Global wireless village'', both user participation and support from traditional Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are key ingredients; for this end a viable incentive system is essential. In this paper, the authors investigate the economic interactions in global wireless community networks with regard to users, ISPs and community providers (called mediators) with both analysis and data-driven simulation. The main contribution of this paper is threefold. First, they develop a model of the global wireless community concept as a Stackelberg game of participation at two levels (the mediator as leader, and the users and ISPs as followers). Second, they analyze equilibrium properties of the game for users, ISPs and mediator.