System for regulating access to and distributing content in a network

  • US 8,799,468 B2
  • Filed: 02/08/2012
  • Issued: 08/05/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/18/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system for regulating access to a service provider network, the system comprising:

  • a controller node coupled to the service provider network, the controller node comprising;

    a first processor configured to generate controller instructions, anda first network interface configured to transmit the controller instructions over the service provider network to a plurality of gateway units; and

    the plurality of gateway units, each of the plurality of gateway units comprising;

    a user interface configured to receive user-entered content requests for the service provider network;

    a second network interface coupled to the service provider network and configured to receive the controller instructions from the controller node through the service provider network; and

    a second processor coupled to the user interface and the second network interface, wherein the second processor is configured to selectively transmit the content requests to the service provider network in accordance with the controller instructions, and transfer received content data responsive to the transmitted content requests from the service provider network via the second network interface.

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