05862339 is referenced by 244 patents and cites 31 patents.

A database central routing device is provided for routing access requests for internet access among a variety of on-line service providers. The device generally includes a central server having a list of algorithms pertaining to access phone numbers of internet access providers to be chosen from. The central routing device further includes an automatic phone number identifier to identify incoming calls in order to identify the user as a customer. An algorithm generator is also included in order to download algorithms pertaining to particular phone numbers in order to give the user access to a variety of internet access providers. The central routing device allows the user to select from a number of internet access providers depending on the availability of the providers. Factors such as time of day, consistent peak and off peak hours of any particular provider, the time of access, the type of user such as consumer or business user, and other factors in order to make efficient use of a variety of internet access providers.

Title
Client connects to an internet access provider using algorithm downloaded from a central server based upon clients desired criteria after disconnected from the server
Application Number
8/677914
Publication Number
5862339
Application Date
July 9, 1996
Publication Date
January 19, 1999
Inventor
William C Herman
Orinda
CA, US
Tom J Ziola
Menlo Park
CA, US
Patrick P Bonnaure
Redwood Shores
CA, US
Agent
Workman Nydegger & Seeley
Assignee
WebTV Networks
CA, US
IPC
G06F 13/00
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