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An internet service provider (ISP) offers access to the internet. An ISP maybe either for commercial purposes, private, non-profit or even community-owned. Typically, an ISP may provide domain registration services, web hosting, internet access, user net service, and collation.

History of ISPs

The history of ISPs dates to 1980s. The first ISPs were established in Australia and the United States. The further source states that Brookline and Massachusetts became the first commercial ISP in the US and that its first customer was served in November 1989.

The common types ISPs include.

Wireless ISPs (WISP)

These companies/organizations provide services using wireless networking. Devices for receiving the wireless signals are made use of example Wi-Fi.

Free ISPs

Provide services for free. Normally free ISPs display advertisements to the end user using them for free. Advertisers pay for the adverts displayed to the end user. A good example is a commercial TV, in the real sense, the end user attention is being sold to the advertisers.

Some non-profit organizations run the commonly known ‘freenets,’ and their stuff is composed of volunteers.

Access providers

Provide internet access to the end user for a charge. They basically use technologies such as computer modems, television cable(CATV), fiber optics or even Wi-Fi. For customers with high-speed demand, DSL of a high speed is used.

Hosting ISPs

These are companies which provide web-hosting services. They can also provide online storage services. E.g., WordPress.

Transit ISPs

These are organizations that provide huge amounts of bandwidths to hosting ISPs and access ISPs. Just as end users pay for access to the internet, access providers pay too to transit ISPs.

Mailbox providers

They provide electronic mail hosting services. Their services include the provision of mail domains, sending and receiving electronic mails and online storage services for organizations/end users like Gmail and Yahoo.

Virtual ISPs (VISPs)

These companies buy services from another ISP so that they may have access to the internet.