An access provider is a company that provides you with access to the Internet. You connect your personal computer to the provider's remote computer to make the connection. Some access providers are large commercial services that also offer proprietary content. Others are small local or regional companies that offer just Internet access. If you connect to the Internet directly from your computer at work, then your company is your access provider. (See also Internet Service Provider.)
A company that sells internet access. Also known as an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or Internet Access Provider (IAP). Most provide access via a dial-up connection. That is, your modem dials the access provider's phone number to connect you to the net.
This is the organization that connects you to the Internet. (You might also hear the term "Internet Service Provider," or ISP.) Your access provider can also supply your connection software (such as the TCP/IP protocol); front-end software (such as FTP, Telnet, Internet Explorer, or Netscape); email and newsgroup accounts; and other services.
A company that provides access to the Internet, either through dialing in to a host computer or a SLIP/PPP connection. Some, though, define an access provider as a service that provides strictly a SLIP/PPP connection, therefore excluding online services such as America Online. Also referred to as an Internet access provider (IAP) or Internet service provider (ISP).