Internet Service Provider (ISP)

An ISP is an organization that provides subscriber-based service for accessing, using, or participating in the Internet. Subscribers can be individuals or businesses. For a monthly fee, the service provider usually provides a software package, username, password and access phone number. Equipped with a CPE, (i.e. router or modem), you can then log on to the Internet and browse the World Wide Web (WWW) and USENET. Other services include the ability to send and receive e-mail, domain name registration, web hosting and colocation. For broadband access you typically receive the hardware (CPE) and pay a monthly fee for the bandwidth required for internet access.