A company that, for a fee, allows computer users to dial in via modem to access its information and services, which now includes indirect access to the Internet. Examples are America Online and Prodigy.
an organization that provides various electronic communication capabilities or services for a fee.
A computer network that supplies its members with access to chat rooms, bulletin boards, and other online content on a monthly fee basis. Commercial online services include America Online, CompuServe, The Microsoft Network, and Prodigy. In addition to their own proprietary content, most commercial online services also provide access to the Internet.
Computer network that offers its members access to its own chat rooms, bulletin boards, and other online features on a monthly fee basis. Well-known commercial online services are America Online, CompuServe, The Microsoft Network, and Prodigy. (They also provide access to the Internet)
a computer network that supplies its members with access to the Internet, chat rooms, and bulletin boards on a monthly fee basis. Examples of a commercial online service include America Online and The Microsoft Network. Most commercial online services have their own proprietary content in addition to offering access to the Internet.
An online service that maintains a closed proprietary network, providing a variety of information and other services to its subscribers. Commercial online services generally provide their own content, forums, and information available only to its subscribers.
A service in which users pay a certain fee to dial into what is essentially a very large BBS. These services provide a wide range of conferences, forums, software files, news and information, as well as e-mail service. Examples include Prodigy, Compuserve, America Online, the Microsoft Network, and others. Many of these services offer access to the Internet.