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Meaning of INTERNET ACCESS PROVIDER

 
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(IAP) A company or other origanisation which provides access to the internet to businesses and/or consumers. An IAP purchases an Internet link from another company that has a direct link to the Internet and resells portions of that bandwidth to the general public.

For example, an IAP may purchase a t1 link (1.544Mb/s) and resell that bandwidth in chunks consisting of isdn (64Kb/s, 128Kb/s) and analog modems (14.4Kb/s, 28.8Kb/s). The IAP's customer base is likely to include both businesses and individuals. Individual customers usually connect to the IAP via a modem and telephone line to a (preferably local) point of presence.

An IAP may also be an internet service provider.

 

 

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