Apparatus and method for providing dynamic communications network traffic control

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11323656

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Systems and methods for controlling traffic on a communications network include dynamic and flexible control plans that enable service providers to control or influence customer access to communications facilities. Communications facilities are monitored to identify network elements, such as cell sites, that are overloaded. When the traffic intensity on a particular facility exceeds a predetermined level, either active or passive control is imposed on subscribers that are in the geographic area of the facility. Active control involves blocking, delaying or disrupting subscriber calls during the critical time period. Passive control involves providing cost incentives or disincentives during low or peak periods of traffic intensity. Customers are notified of the commencement and/or termination of active or passive control preferably via SMS. When implemented with stationary cellular service, the systems and methods aid in traffic engineering and provide opportunities for customers to reduce the cost and increase the accessibility of telephone service.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.RENO, NV6956
BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATIONWILMINGTON, DE1156

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bacon, James R Norcross, GA 3 81
Matz, William R Atlanta, GA 51 1371
Meadows, Vernon Lilburn, GA 103 3074
O'Neil, Douglas R Marietta, GA 40 1192

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