Features include interactive map, in-depth stories, and more.Download now. »
The week's top five must-sees,
delivered to your inbox.
Internet access is the means by which individual terminals, computers, mobile devices, and local area networks are connected to the global Internet. It is a source through which users can access Internet services. Internet access is usually sold by Internet Service Providers that use many different technologies offering a wide range of data rates to the end user. Consumer use first became popular through dial-up connections in the 1980s and 1990s. By the first decade of the 21st century, many consumers had switched away from dial-up to dedicated connections, most Internet access products were being marketed using the term "broadband", and broadband penetration was being treated as a key economic indicator. (via Freebase)