Internet access is the ability to access the internet. Internet access is provided to consumers via and ISP, internet service provider. Most ISP's are phone companies that have broadened their bases. This is due to the fact that internet access used to be solely provided through phone lines as dial-up internet access. Nowadays, there are several other methods internet access such as DSL, which also uses phone lines, cable internet, which uses television cables, and satellite, which uses an uplink to a satellite orbiting earth. Internet access has progressed significantly in the last few years with more people switching to broadband internet access and the broadband companies upgrading their lines to provide even faster internet access.