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service provider

[′sər·vəs prə‚vīd·ər]
(computer science)
An organization that provides access to a wide-area network, such as the Internet.

service provider

(communications)
An organisation that provides a service by telephone, such as an 0800 (toll free) number. The service provider buys the services of a telecom supplier (e.g. BT) but advertises the service and deals with the calls itself. Increasingly, service providers are now also managing their advanced call-routing.

service provider

An organization that provides a network, storage or processing service. Examples are the telephone companies (see common carrier), Internet service providers (see ISP), application service providers (see ASP), storage service providers (see SSP) and content providers (see digital service provider and cable TV). See cloud computing and DSL.
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SSPs are better able to keep pace with the evolution of the underlying storage technology and will integrate the solution with the managed service provider to ensure a single service-management interface.
This ruling also applies if the service providers are independent contractors instead of employees.
The service provider also must not have other relationships with the qualified user (e.

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