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Chapter 8. Internet and TCP/IP Connectio... > Choosing an Internet Service Provide...

Choosing an Internet Service Provider

Several different kinds of businesses offer Internet connections, including large companies with access points in many cities, smaller local or regional Internet service providers, and online information services that provide TCP/IP connections to the Internet along with their own proprietary information sources (I'm talking about AOL here, of course).

You might notice that Windows XP comes with pre-installed software to use Microsoft's MSN service. The New Connection Wizard (which we'll discuss later) might try to steer you to an ISP that paid Microsoft to be listed. Also, your computer reseller might have installed icons for other preferred services. Remember, you don't have to use any of these providers. Windows has all the software it needs to connect to any ISP except AOL, and AOL is easy to add on, if that's the way you want to go. (Getting its software is certainly no problem. If you're like me, you probably have at least 50 AOL CDs lying around. They come in magazines, newspapers, take-out pizzas….) Do your own research to find out the best fit for you.


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