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virtual point of presence
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(virtual PoP) A point, via which users can connect to an
Internet access provider, which is not operated by the
provider. The user is charged by the telephone company for
the call to the virtual point of presence which relays his
call via some third party circuit to the Internet provider's
central location. This is in contrast to a physical point ofpresence (PoP) which is operated by the Internet provider
themselves. The advantage of a virtual PoP is that the
provider can keep all their modems in one location, thus
improving availability and maintenance, but users do not have
to pay long-distance call charges to that point.