What do I need to Connect to the Internet?
To connect to the Internet, you need an internet service provider (ISP) and some hardware.
An ISP provides access to the Internet. You sign up for an account with ISP like you do for telephone service or utility.
For broadband connections, such as Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or cable, you need a DSL or cable modem. When you sign up for a broadband account, it can be included as part of the start-up hardware from your ISP. For dial-up connections, you need dial-up modem. Many computers come with pre-installed dial-up