The Internet has been growing exponentially in terms of size in the
recent years. A reason for this growth is the widespread establishments
of ISPs, or Internet service providers. They are the ones who allowed the
general public to get involved in the world wide web. They provide a very
cost effective services that stimulated the growth of the Internet. The
significance of the Internet service providers cannot be overlooked because
it is only after their involvement and that of the general public, that
very large organizations or companies started putting their resources to
establish themselves in the Internet.
Currently, anyone that has a computer and a modem can connect to the Internet at around $20.00 per month. With the arrivals of new technologies such as the web TV, the bottleneck in spending much money to purchase a computer to be "Internet ready" has widened much. Some of the technical issues that ISPs have to face in order to accomodate the public are the following:
Many Internet service providers exist today, although there is a trend to monopolize the ISP market by companies such as America On Line. As noted in the business issues above, the method of pricing ISP's service is an important one. Some of the most popular methods are listed below:
x amount of dollars for a networker + Overall fee Comprehensive news inc AFP, 2,500+ articles a day. Updated around the clock. 500+ categories. Push/ticker application
x amount of dollars for a networker + Overall fee Comprehensive news, 2,000+ articles a day. Updated around the clock. 500+ categories.
ISP Four-Star Edition
x amount of dollars per networker + Overall fee Comprehensive news, 2,000+ articles a day. Updated around the clock. 500+ categories.
SP One-Star Edition
x amount of dollars per networker + Overall fee. Headline news, 80+ articles a day. Updated around the clock. 30+ categories.
These are the per networker fee and overall fee increasing proportionally with the respect to the number of networkers and the service capacity.
For additional resources for internet providers, visit the Internet Provider's Resource page.