Intel launches ISP program

Intel Australia yesterday launched a worldwide channel initiative aimed at internet service providers (ISPs) wanting to provide more than just internet access.

Called the Intel Internet Service Provider Program, the initiative addresses the changing nature of the internet economy, officials said.

"ISPs are evolving from their traditional role of providing internet access to becoming a one-stop-shopping source for many new internet-related applications, products and services, such as Web hosting and creation, e-commerce and customer premise equipment," William Foran, Intel's internet channel manager, said.

According to officials, through the new program, Intel will provide ISPs with communications, sales and marketing tools, training, a dedicated ISP Web site, financial services such as equipment leasing, and product demo programs.

A Virtual Internet Service Provider for the review and evaluation of hardware, access and software technology will also be available for members.

Australian ISPs to join the program already include Adap-2-US, APELink, QuickNet Internet Provider and Dynamic Bell's Networld.

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