System and method for distributing bulletins to external computers accessing wide area computer networks

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  • US 5,974,451 A
  • Filed: 05/30/1997
  • Issued: 10/26/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/07/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A network access system for relaying information between a wide area computer network and an external computer, and for distributing at least one bulletin to said external computer, said network access system comprising:

  • a first interface that couples said network access system to said wide area computer network and that receives said information from said wide area computer network;

    a second interface that couples said network access system to said external computer and that transmits said information and said at least one bulletin to said external computer;

    a local storage device that stores said at least one bulletin; and

    a bulletin server that, in response to said first interface receiving said information from said wide area computer network, retrieves said at least one bulletin from said local storage device and transmits said at least one bulletin with said information being received by said first interface and transmitted by said second interface.

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