Internet Access

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What Does Internet Access Mean?

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.


Techopedia Explains Internet Access

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:

  • Wireless connection
  • Mobile connection
  • Hotspots
  • Dial-up
  • Broadband
  • DSL
  • Satellite

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.


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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret Rouse
Senior Editor

Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.