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What's an ISP?
ISP stands for Internet Service Provider.

An ISP (or IAP --- Internet Access Provider) provides access to the Internet by giving its customers the software necessary to cruise the World Wide Web and send and receive e-mail, usually for a monthly fee.

Some ISPs include America Online and Earthlink. DreamHost is not an ISP.

Last updated: Jul 23, 2001.

Official Reply (2001-08-14 11:42:38 )
<b>Which ISP?</b>
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There are many, many, many ISPs out there, and many different price ranges and different kinds of service. To check out the dizzying array of options, just go to your favorite search engine and type in "Internet Service Provider."<br><br>

With all of the choice out there, there's no doubt that with a little research, you will find something that fits your needs. To get the best deal, you need to figure out which aspects of ISP service are most important to you. Price: definitely, but there are other things to consider as well, including:

<ul><li><b>Base monthly price vs. price per hours of access per month:</b> Some providers have cheaper plans for people who use the Internet only a few hours a week, whereas people who use the Internet a lot might do better with an unlimited, fixed-price plan.
<li><b>Support:</b> Some plans are cheaper because they have less customer support available. If you don't anticipate needing a lot of support, this might be a good way to go.
<li><b>Multiple-user Accounts:</b> Some companies allow several people to share the same account (for the same price as one). Each person has separate email, login, passwords, etc.
<li><b>What are you willing to sacrifice for low price?</b> Some companies even provide free ISP services, in exchange for placing advertising in your browser window, extensive marketing questionnaires, or other things. If you want to learn more about this, the following website gives information about free and cheap (less than $10/month) ISP service from 52 different countries: <a href = "http://www.freedomlist.com/">http://www.freedomlist.com</a>.</ul>

Just remember, though, you get what you pay for!<br><br>

Good Luck.<br><br>
User Post (2001-08-14 09:45:12 by chunky)
can anyone suggest a good cheap isp? i am using amex online and it's $13. i need one cheaper because my husband needs his own access as well. i don't want the majors. looking for a smaller cheaper provider. is there such an answer?

thanks.