Glossary definition of Internet Service Provider

Also known as: ISP

Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a company that provides its customers (other organisations and individuals) with easy and user-friendly access to the Internet via dial-up, ISDN, ADSL, or other type of connection.

ISPs typically charge a monthly fee for this service, which will vary according to the customer's type of usage, for example a customer may have a Broadband, anytime or off-peak connection package. It is also customary for an ISP to provide their own proprietary content, including news, advice, multimedia, shopping and various online services, such as Web browsing, e-mail and Web site hosting facilities.