Competitive Access Provider

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Competitive Access Provider

(CAP, or "Bypass Carrier") A company which provides network links between the customer and the IntereXchange Carrier or even directly to the Internet Service Provider. CAPs operate private networks independent of Local Exchange Carriers.

["Getting Connected The Internet at 56k and Up", Kevin Dowd, First Edition, p. 49, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., June 1996, ISBN 1-56592-154-2 (US), ISBN 1-56592-203-4 (international)].
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(1) (Competitive Access Provider) An organization that competes with the established telecommunications provider in an area.

(2) (Carrierless Amplitude Phase) A type of ADSL service. See DSL.

(3) (CAMEL Application Part) The protocol used to implement CAMEL functions in the GSM system. CAP is the CAMEL counterpart of the INAP protocol and resides at the same level in the SS7 protocol suite. See INAP and CAMEL.

(4) (Central Access Point) An access point that is wired to the local network. In a mesh network, other access points (APs) have a wireless connection to the CAP. See access point.
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Competitive access providers / Long before the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, competition began to emerge in local telephone service.

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