05987498 is referenced by 295 patents and cites 15 patents.

A computer network communication system collects messages from multiple electronic sources comprising network service providers and presents them to a system user in a common format that is selectable by the user. The system receives charge account information from the user and thereby recoups costs associated with providing the computer network communication access. Charge account and associated identification information for a user are stored at a central control site, along with a user's preferred display settings. The central control site is connected to an interconnected computer network and to multiple remote sites comprising computer terminals that communicate with the central control site over the computer network. The remote user sites also are capable of direct communication with network service providers independently of the central control site over conventional telephone line connections.

Title
Credit card operated computer on-line service communication system
Application Number
8/602630
Publication Number
5987498
Application Date
February 16, 1996
Publication Date
November 16, 1999
Inventor
Peter Foster Van Horne
San Diego
CA, US
William David Athing
San Diego
CA, US
Agent
Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe
Assignee
Atcom
CA, US
IPC
G06F 13/42
G06F 13/362
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