ISPs are Internet service providers, which can range from a dial-up ISP or a high-speed ISP, like cable Internet, DSL Internet or satellite Internet. Choose the right ISP, considering speed and cost, with IT help from a software developer in this free video on computers.
Hi, my name's Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to talk to you about what is an ISP. And ISP is an Internet service provider. This is a company that's going to provide for you an account by which you can connect to the Internet. They usually charge you, you know a monthly fee and that can range from about twenty dollars a month to as much as sixty dollars a month depending on what type of ISP you're going with. Now there's several types of ISPs. The two that you'll probably deal with the most would be a dial up ISP which uses your computer's modem and calls a number on your computer to get you connected to the Internet. That's typically not a very fast way of getting connected to the Internet but it is a much cheaper method than the other method I'm about to explain which is high speed Internet. The other type of ISP would be a high speed provider. They can be cable Internet, DSL Internet are some of the types that people talk about. There's also satellite Internet. But these will allow you to connect at a much higher rate than you would with dial up, but they're also more expensive. Basically when I say connect at a higher rate I mean that you can download web pages, download files and get those displayed on your screen a whole lot faster than you would using a dial up Internet. Some of the big ones as far as dial up Internet where Internet goes are, well I guess the biggest that comes to mind is America Online, AOL. To get signed up with them you would just go to aol.com on somebody who already has an Internet connection and write down their number and just give them a call and you can get signed up with them. For high speed Internet there's a lot of major providers, Bell South, Charter and Com Cast are the ones that come to mind for me off the top of my head. But one thing to keep in mind for your high speed Internet provider is they're going to provide you a cable modem and get you connected and you have to have a cable connection to your house, almost like cable TV except it's going to be giving you Internet over your cable connection. My name's Dave Andrews and I've just explained to you a little bit about Internet service providers.