ISP – Internet Service Provider

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are companies that offer internet access for residential and/or commercial customers, with optional services such as email accounts, fax capability, audio and video communications and site hosting available. Generally, agreements are subscription-based, i.e. a monthly or annual fee, and users pay more for higher bandwidth and faster internet. Local ISPs connect to regional ISPs, which in turn provide access to the internet backbone and to peer-to-peer Metropolitan Area Exchanges (MAEs) or Network Access Points (NAPs). Routers, servers and modems are essential components of the internet infrastructure at each level.

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