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

ISP definition

The term ISP (internet service provider) refers to the 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.

Further reading

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