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Internet Service Providers

Internet service providers are organisations which are either privately or community-based owned, non-profit, or commercial businesses. They specialise in providing services which allow you to participate, access, or use the internet. The services offered by internet service providers (ISP) include internet access and transit, web hosting, and domain registration, among others. Nowadays, ISP’s have been localised, in that you will find different providers in various regions or localities. When first looking for an internet service provider, make sure that you have gone through the list of services they offer. Your choice depends on if you need the internet for cable TV, general home use or office use.

Classifications of Internet Service Providers

Because the internet is so broad, and with network technology innovations, ISP’s can be classified depending on the services which they have specialised in. Let’s look at some of these classifications.

  • Access Providers

These companies provide internet access to their clients through the use of modern technologies, which include modems, fibre optic, TV cables, Wi-Fi and telephone cables. For small needs users or small businesses, traditional methods of connecting clients include cable modems, fibre to homes or Integrated Service Networks. However, for more prominent companies which require large amounts of data, high-speed digital subscriber lines such as Ethernet cables may be used. Wi-Fi is another option for both categories of users.

  • Hosting ISP’s

Hosting providers specialise in web hosting, email and storage services, which include online storage, cloud and physical server operations.

  • Transit ISP’s

The transit providers are contracted by small ISP’s which pay for these services just as their clients pay them, in turn. The transit ISP’s have large networks which connect to larger or smaller ISP’s depending on each providers tier.

  • Free ISP’s

Free providers allow clients to access the internet free of charge on their platforms. Many of them display adverts such as TV commercials, to attract users, while others are run by non-profit organisations.