To paraphrase your own recent words, what you are now getting in Internet
access from the corporate ISP model currently in vogue is more sizzle and
It is not UseNet that is dying, it is the technical competence required to
run an ISP, with all the attendant services like nntp, that has become a
victim of the general corporate incompetence in this country.
The attitude you remark upon has become prevalent as the smaller local
ISP's, which were plentiful during the early days of the Internet, have been
replaced with these large, corporate ISP's.
Many of the current problems can be traced directly to the technical
incompetence that results from hiring inexperienced IT personnel in order to
make the bottom line more attractive. Corporate ISP's like AT&T (one of the
VERY worst as far as technical competence is concerned, IMNSHO) try make it
easy on themselves with self-serving justifications for doing away with the
services we came to expect as part of the ISP package not all that long ago.
Those services that they can't outright do away with (yet) they reluctantly
continue to provide, but at reduced levels, and with none of the required
technical expertise to do the job well.
As a partner in a small Internet company, I deal with the situation on a
daily basis, spending increasingly more time wading through self serving
corporate directives aimed at justifying technical shortcuts, and arguing,
on behalf of our clients, with increasingly incompetent technical personnel
who are barely conversant with the basic underpinnings of the Internet.
AAMOF, it is getting so bad that I sometimes fancy you may eventually see
some of the older, pre-Internet networks, like FidoNet, rear their heads
On second thought, there soon may be no one left competent enough to do even
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