Check out astraweb. Biggest bang for your buck for newsgroup service. Pay
a few bucks upfront and you will have service for years. I have been using
it for awhile now and it works just fine. I like the fact that you just pay
for what you use. No monthly fees.
I use these guys: http://usenet-news.net /
The have a similar price structure (pay per GB of content downloaded) I paid
$10 about a year ago.... when that runs out I'll give them another $10.
I tried teranews.... Fine for reading, but useless for posting. Posts
cosistently took days to show up.
I'll second those comments. I've been using Astraweb since Read Free
News went away. (There was a short stint with Wildblue, but they took
away their NNTP service soon.)
I sent them $25 some time ago, and have probably used about 1/20th of the
download limit I paid for. At this rate, I'll be able to read the
Cheeseburger thread until Godwin's law is invoked.
"The potential difference between the top and bottom of a tree is the
reason why all trees have to be grounded..." -- Bored Borg on
I've been using Forte's service ("APN") and their reader ("Agent") for
years and I'm quite happy. Service starts at $2.95/month.
Usual disclaimers apply.
I used AT&T's service beforethat. Forte's is light-years beyond!
Some folks do not need another bill. There are plenty of Internet
woodworking forums, similar to newsgroups that many users/woodworkers
will migrate. I have enjoyed newsgroups over the years. "The end is
near for Usenet."
Let's hope not. There doesn't appear to be any mechanism that even comes
close for global sharing of current research.
AT&T (and the other corner-cutters) are cutting the US off from the rest
of the world - who have a lot more to contribute than discussions of
Deb, Where did you get a notice? Did you get a letter via the post
office? I called AT&T and the technician stated that new Usenet
servers are being installed and that there are no plans to discontinue
Usenet. Of course, AT&T is a huge corporation where the right hand
doesn't know what the left is doing.
Important Updates to Your AT&T Internet Service
Dear AT&T Internet Service Member:
Our records indicate that you have accessed our Usenet newsgroup feature
in the past 90 days. We are writing to inform you that this feature will
be available through July 15. On or around July 15, 2009 we will no
longer provide access to the Usenet service. If you wish to continue
accessing Usenet newsgroups, please be aware that many Usenet services
are available for a subscription fee.
Your AT&T Internet Service Customer Care Team
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Drew Lawson wrote:
True, technically, but that post was made to multiple public newsgroups and
hence propagated to other news servers. Posting to private groups only
available to their customers, or an email to their customers would have
been a better form of communication.
When consolidated killed Usenet - Tech Support had no idea! They were
trying to find out what the hell was going on on their end as well.
Because some post movies - and some are owned - all of this is lost!
RIAA threatened to sue and IT said websites and the new way is the way
to comm. They don't know what they talk about and think all is in
cell phones and gui in a web page.
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