Internet Access Provider
<networking, company> (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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