07464179 is referenced by 17 patents and cites 48 patents.

Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for providing communications services. One method receives a request for communications service. The request for communications service originates from a client communications device associated with a user and requests communications service from a service provider. An availability of at least one of i) a communications network operated by the service provider and ii) another communications network operated by another service provider is dynamically assessed in real-time. A best-value scenario of segmentation, dispersion, assemblage, and routing of electronic data is assessed to fulfill the request. The best-value scenario maximizes profitability for the service provider. The communications service is provided to fulfill the request according to the best-value scenario.

Title
Methods, systems, and products for providing communications services amongst multiple providers
Application Number
10/720587
Publication Number
7464179 (B2)
Application Date
November 24, 2003
Publication Date
December 9, 2008
Inventor
Steven N Tischer
Atlanta
GA, US
Barrett Morris Kreiner
Norcross
GA, US
Donna K Hodges
Cumming
GA, US
Agent
Scott P Zimmerman PLLC
Assignee
AT&T Intellectual Property I
NV, US
IPC
H04J 3/16
H04N 7/173
H04N 5/445
G06F 15/177
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