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ISP

ISP is short for Internet Service Provider and is a company, usually, that supplies access to the Internet. This is almost always a paid-for service and your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will often also provide the means for you to access the Internet, for instance a Router. An ISP can supply dial up access or broadband access. Rarely, and usually for lots more money an ISP can provide a direct, fibre optic connection to the Internet. Increasingly, ISP's provide more added-value services such as Firewalls, Privacy Services and Online email and Webspace.

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Broadband, dial up, Internet, Router, World Wide Web

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