(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2005/0105484 Al
Wilson (43) Pub. Date: May 19,2005
(76) Inventor: W. David Wilson, Cincinnati, OH (US) (57)
TAFT, STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER LLP
425 WALNUT STREET
CINCINNATI, OH 45202-3957 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 10/950,860
(22) Filed: Sep. 27, 2004
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/507,022, filed on Sep. 29, 2003. Provisional application No. 60/517,044, filed on Nov. 4, 2003. Provisional application No. 60/523,061, filed on Nov. 18, 2003.
(51) Int. CI.7 H04B 7 185
A satellite distributed high-speed Internet "Hotspot" enables wireless and hardwired, satellite distributed Internet access for anyone with a PC or other web-ready device (wireless ready or cabled) and a valid credit card or prepaid coupon. The Hotspots can be located anywhere there is 120 volt electricity available or access to the sun for a solar panel and enough space to house the transceiver and mount a satellite dish. Upon connecting to the Hotspot, the user is directed to a remote server for log-on and validation of the user's account. During validation, the remote server verifies that prepaid access time remains in the user's account. Upon validation, the user may browse the web until the prepaid access time runs out. Alternatively, an account may be set up on a "continue until canceled" basis, wherein the user's credit card will be charged for the amount of time used during each session.