service provider



  • noun a company that offers users a connection to the Internet; the service provider has a computer that acts as a domain name server and has a high-speed link to the Internet. It provides modem access to the Internet via point-of-presence telephone numbers. You connect to the Internet by setting up an account with the service provider then dialling into its point-of-presence telephone number with a modem.


  • An entity which provides access to the Internet. Customers usually pay a monthly fee for this service, although it usually available for free unless a high-speed connection is desired. Users get a software package to access and browse the World Wide Web, one or more email accounts, and Web pages to have a presence on the Internet. Other offerings may include Web site building and hosting services. Users can connect via a dial-up service or asymmetrical digital subscriber line, among others. Also called Internet service provider, access provider, or online service provider (1).

Information & Library Science

  • noun a company that provides people and businesses with access to the Internet, usually charging a monthly fee