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Method for billing IP broadband subscribers

A method of billing a variable bit rate communication between a first terminal and a distant terminal to a broadband subscriber permits changing billing parameters during a call in real time in response to user inputs including user requested changes in quality of service, changes in data rate and changes in preferred service provider. A variable bit rate communication to be billed has a variable quality of service related to the degree of utilization of a plurality of different networks. The billing method comprises the steps of i.) receiving user identification data at a first terminal and data representing a required bit rate and a default quality of service selected by the user, ii.) verifying the user identification data to be associated with the broadband service subscriber, iii.) determining least cost alternative network resources available for achieving the communication at the user selected default quality of service and the required bit rate, iv.) determining cost data associated with the network resources, v.) outputting to the user a least cost for the communication according to their selected default quality of service and alternative least cost network resources, vi.) coupling the first terminal and the distant terminal via the least cost determined network resources at the default quality of service and the required bit rate responsive to user authorization and vii.) billing for the communication at the default quality of service and according to the required bit rate after the termination of the communication.
Owner:AMERICAN TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH CO

Secure content delivery system

A secure streaming content delivery system provides a plurality of content servers connected to a network that host customer content that can be cached and/or stored, e.g., images, video, text, and/or software. The content servers respond to requests for customer content from users. The invention load balances user requests for cached customer content to the appropriate content server. A user makes a request to a customer's server/authorization server for delivery of the customer's content. The authorization server checks if the user is authorized to view the requested content. If the user is authorized, then the authorization server generates a hash value using the authorization server's secret key, the current time, a time-to-live value, and any other information that the customer has configured, and embeds it into the URL which is passed to the user. A content server receives a URL request from the user for customer content cached on the content server. The request is verified by the content server creating its own hash value using the customer server's secret key, the current time, a time-to-live value, and any other related information configured for the customer. If the hash value from the URL matches the content server's generated hash value, then the user's request is valid and within the expiration time period and the content server delivers the requested content to the user.
Owner:AKAMAI TECH INC

Performance computer network method

A method for a computer network includes sending a first request from a web client for resolving a first web address of a web page to a client DNS server, sending the first request from the client DNS server to a POP DNS server within a POP server network, using a probe server in the POP server network to determine traffic loads of a plurality of customer web servers, each of the customer web servers storing the web page, using the POP DNS server to determine a customer web server from the plurality of customer web servers, the customer web server having a traffic load lower than traffic loads of other customer web servers in the plurality of customer web servers, requesting the web page from the customer web server, the web page including static content represented by an embedded URL, sending the web page from the customer web server to the web client, sending a second request from the web client for resolving the URL to the client DNS server. sending the second request from the client DNS server to the POP DNS server within a POP server network, using the probe server to determine service metrics of a plurality of web caches within the POP server network, using the POP DNS server to determine a web cache from the plurality of web caches, the web cache having service metrics more appropriate for the second request than service metrics of other web caches in the plurality of web caches, requesting the static content from the web cache, sending the static content to the web client, and outputting the static content with the web client.
Owner:AKAMAI TECH INC
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