A method, system and computer program product for using a variable pricing structure for transmitting packets across a communications link. A variable pricing structure including a plurality of pricing options may be generated by a processor in a gateway by counting the number of packets received from a customer as well as analyzing those received packets. The generated variable pricing structure embodied in a billing record may be transmitted to the customer. The customer upon receiving the billing record may select a pricing option based on one or more criteria, e.g., file size, transmission rate. The packets to be transmitted by the customer to a network device via the gateway may be temporarily stored by an equipment coupled to the customer if the one or more criteria upon which the selected pricing option is based exceed a threshold value thereby ensuring that the customer does not incur extra charges.
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