To connect to the Internet, you need a minimum amount of equipment:
You will also need to obtain and install the following software in your computer:
An alternative to the above procedure is to subscribe to an online commercial service such as America Online or CompuServe, which provide their own software and unique connections to the Internet. However, for many people these are costly options and a growing number of people are using the service of a local Internet Access Provider (also known as Internet Service Providers, or ISPs).
AN INTERNET ACCESS PROVIDER
Internet Access Providers are like phone companies designed solely to link your computer with the network of computers called the Internet. Generally, these providers have a direct connection to the Internet's "backbone" by means of very high-speed lines. They then lease dedicated lines from the local phone company and sell you a subscription to use these lines to connect to their computers. The advantage is usually un-timed access with a local phone call, a much cheaper option than commercial online services which charge hourly rates. In the near future, expect to see cable television companies entering the arena with access to the Internet by way of the coaxial cables you may already have in your home. Thsi promises an exceptionally fast connection compared to today's 28.8 kbps modems.
For now, many Vermonters use local access providers such as SoVerNet.
For information on other access providers and on connectivity issues, try:
Yahoo Resources about Connectivity
Get Connected from PC Magazine.
The List, a directory of over 2,700 internet access providers nationwide.
How to Select an Internet Service Provider
Free-Nets and Community Networks
The Ultimate Winsock Applications page , a set of links to software for Windows users.
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