An Internet Service Provider is a company that offers a multitude of services for entering, using, and even participating in the Internet on a shared server. Internet services are offered in different forms, including commercial, residential, managed, or otherwise shared. Business Internet services usually entail buying out the Internet Service Provider’s services from a company that specializes in Internet services. Community Internet services are provided by companies that are not solely Internet Service Providers. The Internet itself is the community.
Commercial internet services may include things like email, email accounts, online shopping, games, instant messaging, and other aspects of the Internet that are considering a commercial activity. Residential internet services usually involve telephone services and other features specific to home computers. Community internet services are offered for both residential and non-residential communities in which there are a large number of computers and users. Non-business internet service providers usually provide services like email, chat rooms, news groups, and other aspects of the Internet that are not related to business. There is no reason to be concerned about the quality of these services since they are widely available.
There are many different types of Internet services available. One type of Internet service that is extremely popular is the e-mail. Virtually every person uses the Internet to communicate with friends and family members, buy and sell things, check the stock market, and connect with others to socialize. e-mail is the most popular form of Internet communication. Almost all Internet users have a webmail account and it is the e-mail of choice.
Internet users need to know what their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Internet providers do. Some ISPs and many Internet providers favor certain content over other content. The FCC is responsible for regulating Internet access and Internet content. The FCC is expected to revise their rules in the near future and some believe the current ISP rules will be eliminated. If net neutrality is eliminated the consumer will be left without broadband Internet services and the only alternative will be DSL or cable Internet.
There are two types of Internet services: fixed and flexible. Fixed rates are the standard for most residential Internet connections; however, there are two exceptions: fiber optic lines and some high speed Internet services. Most home Internet users are stuck with the standard dial up connection speeds, which are often very slow. Most Frontier Direct Internet providers offer very fast DSL or cable broadband speeds.
On the plus side, fixed rates allow the consumer to have a one-size-fits all Internet connection. This allows for websites to be designed for optimal commercial use. On the minus side, because there are so many different types of Internet services, the cost of getting the Internet in rural or frontier areas can be quite high. For this reason, many rural or frontier customers go with fiber optic Internet rather than dial-up Internet, which are much faster.