ISP also serves as an acronym for "In System Programming". This term refers to a silicon design technology that allows programmable logic devices to be configured using system voltages.

ISO standard cup of tea = I = ITS


Common abbreviation for Internet Service Provider, a kind of company that barely existed before 1993. ISPs sell Internet access to the mass market. While the big nationwide commercial BBSs with Internet access (like America Online, CompuServe, GEnie, Netcom, etc.) are technically ISPs, the term is usually reserved for local or regional small providers (often run by hackers turned entrepreneurs) who resell Internet access cheaply without themselves being information providers or selling advertising. Compare NSP.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

Information Service Provider: A company which gives information over the phone in response to touchtones entered by a subscriber. That information may be weather, stock quotes, horoscopes, etc. Often it is a 900 number, in which a phone company will bill the end user for calls to the ISP (Information Service Provider). In many states, ISPs also use special local access numbers, that often begin with 976.
Of course, you could just use a voice portal like TellMe for free now.

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