AFTER COMPLETING THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
Understand the purpose and function of an Internet service provider (ISP).
Find out who the ISPs are in your locale.
Compare the advantages and disadvantages of the different transport mediums, including plain old telephone lines, high-speed broadband cables, digital telephone lines, and television cables.
Decide the best way to connect, given your particular circumstances.
Understand how the TCP/IP protocol connects your computer to the Internet and sends information in packets over the Net.

INTERNET LITERACY RESOURCES:

Internet Service Providers
 

There are many different services available for you to get Internet access in your home. Which of these national and international online services seem to offer you the best service at the best price? What special features would help you make a choice?


AOL

AT&T Worldnet

MSN

Earthlink



Regional and Local Networks
 
With the larger national online services available, why would you choose a regional network? Are there features available from these vendors that make a regional provider more appealing?

RCN (formerly StarPower)
formerly StarPower

TheList


EZISP.info


User Satisfaction
 
Are you satisfied with your Internet connectivity? Which factors are most important to you in selecting a provider?

Consumer Search: Review of Internet Service Providers


Transport Media
 

These days many users are thinking of upgrading their home access to the Internet by subscribing to cable or DSL access. Are either or both available in your area? Which of these seems to you to be a better alternative? Why?


Ethernet Overview


Cable Modem Area Code Search

Cable Modem Frequently Asked Questions


DSL Area Code Search

DSL Resources


CNET


Starband

Skycasters

DIRECWAY

 


Prepaid Internet
 

Is this a service that would be valuable to you? How would you choose one over the other?

MaGlobe Pre-paid Internet Access

 


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