This article is from the Sacramento FAQ, by David F. Prenatt, Jr. with numerous contributions by others.
You can use any computer system that has "telnet" capabilities or you
can use your home computer to telnet via modem to various Internet
Service Providers (ISPs). In the Sacramento area, compare the ISPs
listed below and choose the one that best fits [with humble
acknowledgement to Bob Ney who posted a list of Sacramento area based
ISPs on sac.general (<news:sac.general >) on July 6, 1995 (Message-ID:
<firstname.lastname@example.org>) and--if not for this acknowledgment
--my apology for plagarizing his choice of words in the above
* Cal Web Communications
* Coastal Web Online
* CRL Network Services
<http://www.crl.com/ >; <mailto:email@example.com >
* Netcom Online Communication Services
<http://www.netcom.com/ >; <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org >
<http://www.ns.net/ >; <mailto:email@example.com >
* Promedia Services
<http://www.promedia.net/ >; <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org >
* Psyberware Internet Access -- Community Internet Access
Dialups in Lincoln, Auburn, Roseville, and Grass Valley.
<http://www.psyber.com >; <mailto:email@example.com >
<http://quiknet.com/ >; <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
* Sacramento Network Access
<http://www.sna.com/ >; <mailto:email@example.com >
For more information, see Mike Ward's Sacramento Access Internet List
on the World Wide Web (<http://www.crl.com/~mward/sail.html >).
In addition to Sacramento based ISPs, there are a number of free
or low cost ISPs that are based elsewhere. "The List" on the World
Wide Web has search capabilities to help you locate an ISP in any area
(<http://www.thelist.com/ >). Whatever ISP you choose, you will have
to provide your own computer with a modem.
10.2.1.1) How do I telnet from a computer system that has telnet
At the Unix prompt, simply type in "telnet" (without the quotes) and
the name (or IP address) of the computer system which you wish to
access. For example:
where computer.system is the name of a hypothetical computer system
that you wish to access by telnet. You will then be asked for your
account name and password, which is assigned to you by your ISP.
10.2.1.2) How do I obtain access to the Internet from my home computer?
You will need a modem and some sort of communications software. Check
with your ISP for further information.