Even before most people knew what they were, ISPs had overpopulated the consumer market, at least according to many industry observers. The doomsday scenario continues, and now analysts at GartnerGroup Inc. are predicting that the current population of ISPs, 4,100, will literally be decimated, that is, reduced to one-tenth of its current population. Gartner offers three clues to help you recognize survivors.

    They will offer service agreements with penalties for nonperformance.They will have implemented resource reservation protocol.They will have a strong business-to-customer relationship, one that will enable them to compete in the incipient slaughter.