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1. (WO2001004766) METHOD FOR COUPLING AN INTERNAL APPLIANCE TO ONE OF A PLURALITY OF EXTERNAL NETWORKS

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/004766    International Application No.:    PCT/US2000/018676
Publication Date: Fri Jan 19 00:59:59 CET 2001 International Filing Date: Tue Jul 11 01:59:59 CEST 2000
IPC: H02J 3/50
Applicants: AT & T CORP.
NAGEL, David, C.
KALMANEK, Charles, Robert
DZUBAN, Mark, L.
GOUGH, Cameron
SCHRYER, Norman, Loren
GANNES, Stuart
EDENS, Glenn, T.
Inventors: NAGEL, David, C.
KALMANEK, Charles, Robert
DZUBAN, Mark, L.
GOUGH, Cameron
SCHRYER, Norman, Loren
GANNES, Stuart
EDENS, Glenn, T.
Title: METHOD FOR COUPLING AN INTERNAL APPLIANCE TO ONE OF A PLURALITY OF EXTERNAL NETWORKS
Abstract:
A method provides for selectively coupling a communication appliance (210) at a given premise that can be controlled externally to one or more of a plurality of external networks. A digital splitter (270) is provided at the subscriber premises and the splitter is coupled to various internal communication networks at the customer premises, such as a telephone network (240), a PC local area network (250) or a television transmission. The digital splitter also interfaces to a plurality of external networks, such as a local telephone service via a local exchange carrier (242), a cable system head end (217), a wireless communication system (234), an optical fiber network (218) or other information delivery systems. The controller on one of the external networks can also be remotely enable or disable various ones of the services to which the user subscribers and the digital splitter, in response to such controls, can either enable or disable the provisioning of the service to the appropriate communication appliance at the premise.