Method and apparatus for scheduling presentation of digital content on a personal communication device

  • US 6,834,195 B2
  • Filed: 04/04/2001
  • Issued: 12/21/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A communication network, comprising:

  • (a) a plurality of portable wireless communication devices issued to network subscribers located in a plurality of differing geographic locations;

    (b) a plurality of wireless communication towers providing wireless communication coverage of said differing geographic locations;

    (c) a wireless geographic positioning system facilitating a determination of an actual geographic position for each of said plurality of portable wireless communication devices;

    (d) each of said portable wireless communication devices including;

    (1) a relatively small housing;

    (2) a wireless communication receiver, carried within said relatively small housing, for receiving wireless communication signals from said plurality of communication towers;

    (3) a wireless communication transmitter, carried within said relatively small housing, for transmitting communication signals from said plurality of wireless communication towers;

    (4) a wireless geographic positioning subsystem, carried within said relatively small housing, for interacting with said wireless geographic positioning system and determining the geographic position of each particular portable wireless communication device;

    (5) a processor and associated memory, carried within said relatively small housing, for storing program instructions and data in memory and for executing program instructions;

    (e) a network control system, including;

    (1) a transmission system for communicating wireless transmissions from said plurality of communication towers;

    (2) a reception system for receiving wireless transmissions from said plurality of communication towers;

    (3) a communication traffic management system for managing bi-directional communication through the transmission and reception of wireless signals;

    (4) a location management system for maintaining location information for said plurality of network subscribers;

    (f) wherein said processor of said portable wireless communication device determines a current actual geographic position through use of said wireless geographic positioning subsystem;

    (g) wherein a personalized location database of user-specific locations is maintained in said memory of each of said plurality of portable wireless communication devices, which associates a plurality of generalized location identifiers to a plurality of corresponding actual geographic positions;

    (h) wherein said processor executes program instructions to examine said personalized location database in order to identify a generalized location identifier associated with said geographic position;

    (i) wherein said portable wireless communication device communicates location information to said network control system predominately in terms of said generalized location identifier; and

    (j) wherein said network control system maintains location information for said plurality of portable wireless communication devices predominately in terms of said generalized location identifiers.

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