An ISP or Internet Service
Provider is a company that provides you
with internet services such as email and
web browsing. Most also provide you with
limited web space for a personal home page.
They allow you to connect to the Internet
by giving you a number that your modem
dials into and connects to (this is called
dial up access).
There are hundreds of ISP's
across the country with rates ranging from
free to $25/month for dial up access. You
may also want to consider high-speed access
from home if it is available in your area.
you are choosing an Internet service
provider consider their
rates and whether they are local or not.
Local ISP's are competitive rate wise
and generally offer better customer support
but don't have access numbers across
Usually your broadband provider is also your ISP, however you can still add additional services from these ISP's. If broadband is not available in your area, you may want to contact one of the companies below.
Front Range Internet
A solid local service provider headquartered
in Fort Collins. Fast connections in town,
slower as you move towards the edges. Good
customer support during business hours.
They do have an 800 number but it costs
.15/minute to use.
Local - $20 setup / $20/month - www.frii.com
A well-rated national service provider
with dialup access across the nation. Locally
they provide fast connections, reasonable
customer support and few busy signals.
Local numbers are available across the
country for those who travel.
National - $25 setup / $20/month - www.earthlink.com
America On Line
AOL is the largest ISP in the world,
AOL offers not only an internet connection
but content as well. AOL is easy to setup
and use and great for families, but don't
use it for business. You have to use their
email software, their web browser stinks,
the lines are pretty busy and customer
support is spotty.
National - $22/month - www.aol.com