The major service providers offer lots of amenities for subscribers. There are chat rooms, sports scores, and stock quotes available at the click of a mouse button. Access to the World Wide Web is just one of the many things available to members. A service that only offers Internet access will generally be less expensive. The Web has all the same services if you know where to look for them. It's all a matter of convenience. A service that only offers internet access may be a more economical choice. The difference between service providers and access providers is blurring as access providers are increasingly offering forums, news, weather, and other services in an effort to attract new subscribers. The business section of your local newspaper, regional computer magazines, and even the Yellow Pages can provide you with access and service providers in your area.
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