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Internet access is the process of connecting to the internet using personal computers, laptops or mobile devices by users or enterprises. Internet access is subject to data signalling rates and users could be connected at different internet speeds. Internet access enables individuals or organizations to avail internet services/web-based services.
Internet access is often provided at home, schools, workplaces, public places, internet cafes, libraries and other locations. The internet began to gain popularity with dial-up internet access. In a relatively short time, internet access technologies changed, providing faster and more reliable options. Currently, broadband technologies such as cable internet and ADSL are the most widely used methods for internet access. The speed, cost, reliability and availability of internet access depends on the region, internet service provider and type of connection.
There are many different ways to obtain internet access, including:
Access to computers or smart devices is one of the important factors for understanding the level of internet access for a region. However, internet access is not uniformly distributed within or between countries. A digital divide exists between many countries and regions. Good internet access is associated with regions with high-income populations, a high development index and high technological development.