Term:ISP [Internet Service Provider]

ISP is an acronym for Internet Service Provider. (Not to be confused with IP, which is completely unrelated.) An ISP is the company providing your home or place of business its connection to the internet. They may also provide services such as email, web hosting, or more.

ISP (Wikipedia)
Internet connectivity options from end-user to tier 3/2 ISPs

An Internet service provider (ISP) is an organization that provides many different services for accessing, using, or participating in the Internet. Internet service providers can be organized in various forms, such as commercial, community-owned, non-profit, or otherwise privately owned.

Internet services typically provided by ISPs can include Internet access, Internet transit, domain name registration, web hosting, Usenet service, and colocation.

An ISP typically serves as the access point or the gateway that provides a user access to everything available on the Internet.

Local ISP in Manhattan installing fiber for provisioning Internet access
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