ISPs may provide Internet e-mail accounts to users which allow them to communicate with one another by sending and receiving electronic messages through their ISPs' servers. (As part of their e-mail service, ISPs usually offer the user an e-mail client software package, developed either internally or through an outside contract arrangement.)
ISPs may provide other services, such as remotely storing data files on behalf of their customers, as well as other services unique to each particular ISP.
An ISP might provide dial-up service, cable, DSL, or other types of Internet access. Some ISPs are local while others are national. A national ISP will provide access throughout most of the nation, while a local ISP will only serve subscribers in a limited geographical region.
When looking for an ISP the initial consideration is the type of access desired. Some ISPs only offer dial-up access which is the slowest type of connection. If you want cable service, you'll be checking with your local cable TV provider to see if cable access is offered. For DSL service, you may have multiple choices - or it could be that DSL is not yet available in your area. Often this can be remedied with a call to the phone company to upgrade local telephone lines.
The Terms of Service contract of the ISP will also state rules about hacking, protecting copyrighted materials, denial of service attacks, harassing other people, spam, compromising the service, and many other issues. These are as much for the legal protection of the ISP as to let potential subscribers know what the ISP will and will not tolerate. If you are planning on using web space provided by the ISP, check for limitations here too. Many ISPs do not allow commercial websites to be set up on their servers. This usually means that nothing can be sold from your personal webspace, including for example, a software program you wrote, original music, or any other item. ISP websites are normally for personal use only, to blog, post pictures, and so on.
ISP services range in price according to the package offered,
and type of service. Dial-up is least expensive, and perks will
vary greatly between ISPs. Some offer multiple email accounts,
others vast amounts of webspace, and still others discounts for
paying in advance. DSL and cable companies will also differ, so
carefully read through offerings before deciding. If you are
getting an ISP other than cable, you will likely have choices.
There are many websites that offer reviews from present subscribers
of various ISPs, which might be helpful in making a decision.
The abbreviation ISP stands for Internet Service Provider. These are companies which make the internet available to consumers - typically for a monthly fee. an dit lets u connect to the internet