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The Purpose of Internet Service Providers

The Internet Service Provider, with acronym ISP, refers to an organization which supplies services for accessing and using the internet. Any form of organization, like commercial entities, community-owned, non-profit, or privately owned, can be ISPs. An ISP can offer these forms of services – internet access, internet transit, domain name registration, web hosting, Usenet service, and collocation.

Because of the interlinking of networks in the internet world, any ISP can link to a large network and become a part of their network. In your region, whichever is a large, conglomerate communications network could also be an ISP, and, at the same time, a part of a bigger network which is into internet accessing and which could originate from another country.

The following are classifications of internet service provider (ISP): access providers, mailbox providers, hosting ISPs, transit ISPs, virtual ISPs, free ISPs, and wireless ISP.
Getting To The Point – Internet

An access provider gives internet access by using different forms of technologies, such as computer modems with acoustic couplers, telephone lines, television cable (CATV), wi-fi, and fiber optics, which can help connect the users to their network. Access providers can also provider other services for small businesses, like dial-up, DSL,asymmetric digital subscriber line,cable modem or Integrated Services Digital Network. Access providers may cater these different technological services to medium-to-large business – higher-speed DSL, Ethernet, metropolitan Ethernet, gigabit Ethernet, Frame Relay, ISDN Primary Rate Interface, ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) and SONET (synchronous optical networking).
5 Uses For Providers

An organization which provides services for hosting electronic mail domains with access to storage for mail boxes is called a mailbox provider. A mailbox provider can also be an access provider, if it also offers similar services of access providers. The main function of mailbox provider is providing email service through the following processes: sending, receiving, accepting, and storing email for the users.

Services, such as email, web-hosting, online storage services, as a virtual server, cloud services, physical server operation, are forms of business services of hosting ISPs.

A transit ISP applies to an upstream ISPs, to access internet to their customers.

By purchasing the services of another ISP, the virtual ISP provides their customers access to the infrastructure and services of another ISP. Virtual ISP is likened to mobile virtual network operators or competitive local exchange carriers.

Free ISPs may provide free of charge of internet use to their users, but they actually profit from the advertisements which are simultaneously displayed while the users are connected to the internet. Basically, free ISPs are non-profit organizations with volunteer staffs.

Wireless technology is used by wireless ISPs. Technologies in the form of commonplace Wi-Fi wireless mesh networking, or proprietary equipment designed to operate over open 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 4.9, 5.2, 5.4, 5.7, and 5.8 GHz bands or licensed frequencies such as 2.5 GHz (EBS/BRS), 3.65 GHz (NN) and in the UHF band (including the MMDS frequency band) and LMDS, may be utilized by wireless ISPs.