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(also INSP, internet service provider, information service provider)

ISP definition

ISP (internet service provider) is a company that provides web access to customers. ISPs allow their business and personal users to go online, surf the web, conduct business, and connect with others — for a fee. ISPs may provide services like email, web hosting, domain registration, browser packages, and web design. Internet service providers may be commercial, privately owned, non-profit, or community-owned companies.

Services ISPs provide

  • Internet access
  • Web hosting services
  • Email services
  • Domain registration
  • Software and browser packages

Connection types ISPs offer

  • DSL (digital subscriber line). A DSL line provides internet access through telephone lines and a modem.
  • Cable broadband. Cable broadband uses coaxial cables to connect you to a fiber cabinet in your area. It delivers a much faster speed than traditional phone line cables.
  • Wireless or Wi-Fi broadband. Wireless broadband is a high-speed data and internet service delivered to users through WLAN (wireless local area network) or WWAN (wireless wide area network).
  • Fiber optic broadband. Fiber optic broadband uses fiber-optic cable technology to deliver fast internet speeds (up to 940 megabits per second).
  • Satellite broadband. Satellite broadband is transmitted wirelessly via a satellite dish and is common in rural areas.
  • Dedicated leased line. This line provides a private point-to-point data connection.