What is an ISP?

What you need to know about ISPs and why they matter.

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The short answer:

ISP stands for Internet Service Provider. An ISP allows users to access the internet.

  • Different ISPs may be available in your area, offering different plans/pricing.
  • Choose the plan which is best for your needs: fast internet without overpaying.
  • Introductory offers may give you a great deal, but monitor when the offer ends.

 

The longer answer:

  • Different ISPs may be available in your area, offering a variety of plans and pricing. Depending on where you live, some ISPs include Comcast, AT&T, Atlantic Broadband, Sprint, and Google Fiber.
  • It is important to choose the plan that best fits your needs so that you have the best internet experience, but do not overpay. Each ISP has its own set of plans to choose from. For example, both AT&T and Comcast provide internet, cable television, and phone plans.
  • These services are offered individually or as a bundled plan–where you can include two or more services–depending on your needs. Business plans that include email, domain name, website and file hosting, conferencing services, and IP address are also available from ISPs.
  • You’ll have to sign a contract when you subscribe to a service. It’s important to know that prices are subject to change after the contract period–which can be anywhere from one  to two  years depending on the ISP and plan you choose.

If you’re looking for the best deal, find out which ISPs have an introductory offer. Introductory offers usually require a contract and are usually good for six months to a year. After that, you’ll be paying a different monthly rate when the introductory contract period ends.

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