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IAP
Last modified: Tuesday, May 19, 1998 

Short for Internet Access Provider, a company that provides access to the Internet. IAPs generally provide dial-up access through a modem and PPP connection, though companies that offer Internet access with other devices, such as cable modems or wireless connections, could also be considered IAPs.

The terms IAPs and ISP (Internet Service Providers) are often used interchangeably, though some people consider IAPs to be a subset of ISPs. Whereas IAPs offer only Internet access, ISPs may provide additional services, such as leased lines (T-1 or T-3) and Web development. In contrast to both IAPs and ISPs, online services provide their own proprietary content in addition to Internet access.

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Provides information on how to become an internet service provider. Key topics covered are: equipment, billing, competition, legal issues, marketing information, technical problems, a glossary, and links to related resources.

The List - A database of Internet Service Providers 
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Brief guide to determining Internet Service Provider (ISP) needs
Provides answers to the five most popular questions asked when choosing an Internet Service Provider.

Choosing an Internet access service provider
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Contains resources that "every ISP employee should know about the Internet." Includes links to backbone maps, global interconnection points, Internet architecture data, etc.

The Directory
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Yahoo!'s Internet Access Provider page
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