US patent 6,188,756 (‘756) -- “Efficient communication through networks.” This patent describes routing a communication between a calling party and a called party through a central control location, selecting the “best” path based on a particular criterion.
Claim for which is
- A method of use of a communication network, comprising the steps of:
(a) receiving a calling party access number and a called party access number at a control location;
(b) determininng which service providers service connections between said calling party access number and said called party access number;
(c) comparing said service providers based on criteria;
(d) selecting appropriate ones of said service providers that satisfy said criteria as a result of the step of comparing;
(e) instructing said selected service providers to provide service between said connections for establishing contact between said calling party access number and said called party access number;
(f) receiving a status signal at said control location indicating if said called party access number is available for taking an incoming communication;
(g) if said status signal indicates an available status, initiating a first communication from said control location to said called party access number and a second communication from said control location to said calling party access number;
(h) bridging said first and second communications.
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