An example of an ISP is the company AT&T.
Origin of ISPI(nternet) s(ervice) p(rovider)
isp - Computer Definition
- InSide Plant. All of the telecommunications apparatus, equipment, wiring, and systems housed in buildings. ISP includes the main distribution frame (MDF), intermediate distribution frames (IDFs), inside wire and cable systems, switches and routers, multiplexers, storage batteries, backup power generators, and related equipment. See also outside plant.
- Internet Service Provider. A company that provides Internet access services to end users. An ISP can be local, regional, national, or international in nature and can provide a wide range of access alternatives, including dial-up and ADSL. See also ADSL and dial-up.
(1) See in-system programmable.
(2) (Internet Service Provider) An organization that provides access to the Internet. Connection to the user is typically via DSL, cable or FiOS; however, ISPs can deliver service via satellite, dial-up, ISDN, private lines and wireless. Customers are generally billed a fixed rate per month, but other charges may apply. See DSL, cable Internet, FiOS, T1, T3, WISP and SISP. Your Own Website ISPs often host a small website for their customers, allowing them to have a presence on the Web. However, the website may be limited to a maximum number of pages, and the domain name of the ISP becomes part of the customer's URL address. For a fee, an ISP may host a website that uses its customer's proprietary domain name (see Web hosting). See IXP and backbone.