(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2002/0136199 Al
HARTMAIER (43) Pub. Date: Sep. 26,2002
(54) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR
PROVIDING A CONNECTION TO A DATA
(76) Inventor: PETER J. HARTMAIER,
WOODINVILLE, WA (US)
FULBRIGHT & JAWORSKI, LLP
2200 ROSS AVENUE
DALLAS, TX 75201-2784 (US)
( * ) Notice: This is a publication of a continued prosecution application (CPA) filed under 37 CFR 1.53(d).
(21) Appl. No.: 09/116,760
(22) Filed: Jul. 16, 1998
Publication Classification (51) Int. CI.7 H04L 12/66; H04L 12/56
(52) U.S. CI 370/352; 370/401
A voice network node is configured to recognize the receipt of a non-routable data network access number, which may be in the form of Xll, which is dialed from a subscriber terminal wishing to gain access to a data network. Either the voice network node alone, or in combination with other network nodes, requests subscriber information, including an identification of a data network service provider, from the subscriber terminal. The subscriber information is forwarded to the data network service provider identified by the subscriber information for authentication purposes. If authenticated, the subscriber terminal is connected to the data network via one of the voice network nodes. Upon termination of the connection, a voice network node sends data network connection information to the data network service provider for billing and revenue sharing purposes. In an alternate embodiment, another type of local access node, such as a cable television network node, may replace the voice network node and perform similar functions.