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IAP
dial-up access
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ISP
online service

Short for Internet Access Provider, a company that provides access to the Internet. IAPs generally provide dial-up access through a modem and PPP connection, though companies that offer Internet access with other devices, such as cable modems or wireless connections, could also be considered IAPs.

The terms IAPs and ISP (Internet Service Providers) are often used interchangeably, though some people consider IAPs to be a subset of ISPs. Whereas IAPs offer only Internet access, ISPs may provide additional services, such as leased lines (T-1 or T-3) and Web development. In contrast to both IAPs and ISPs, online services provide their own proprietary content in addition to Internet access.



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Outstanding Page The List - A database of Internet Service Providers
The database at 'The List' site contains over 3,000 Internet Service Providers from around the world. The database is searchable by entering the ISP name or domain name, or you can choose from a variety of several categories to locate an ISP near you. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

  Brief guide to determining Internet Service Provider (ISP) needs
Provides answers to the five most popular questions asked when choosing an Internet Service Provider.

  Internet Service Provider search engine
Offers a searchable database of over 4,000 ISPs in the United States and Canada. Users can locate ISPs by area code or modem speed and then compare monthly usage costs. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  Russ Haynal's ISP Page
Contains resources that "every ISP employee should know about the Internet." Includes links to backbone maps, global interconnection points, Internet architecture data, etc. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  The Directory
Provides a directory of thousands of bulletin board systems (BBS) in over 100 countries, and over 5,800 Internet Service Providers. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Yahoo!'s Internet Access Provider page
Yahoo!'s directory of Internet Access Providers. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

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