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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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What to Look for in an Internet Service Provider

The route to the internet isn’t a direct one. Instead, you can only get there by engaging the services of a middleman or, more accurately, a middle company: an internet service provider or ISP for short.

DEFINITION
An internet service provider (ISP) takes your money in exchange for providing an internet account, which you need in order to get online.

An ISP is a business that has negotiated a deal with the local telephone company or some other behemoth organization to get a direct connection to the internet’s highways and byways. These kinds of connections cost thousands of dollars a month, ...

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