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comcastcares8

join:2007-11-20
Philadelphia, PA

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[Newsgroups] The Comcast Newsgroups Service Discontinued

The Comcast Newsgroups service, powered by Giganews will be discontinued as of September 17th. Existing customers will continue to be able to access the service until October 25th.

This decision is in alignment with other Internet Service Providers that have recently terminated their Newsgroups service due to the declining popularity of Newsgroups as customers chose other methods, such as RSS feeds and web browsing to access information.

Added the Newsgroups title tag. ~sorto'


LeftOfSanity
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Re: The Comcast Newsgroups Service Discontinued

Well that bites. They only allowed 2 gigs per month anyway.


beerbum
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so will Comcast be reducing our bills since the equivalent service from Giganews is $7.99 per month?

hahahaha I doubt it. Comcast just takes and takes while either raising prices or restricting/dropping services..

what's next, dump the "always on" and start charging by the hour after being on-line past a certain time limit??

this really sucks, now I have to pay an extra $8 per month for a service I want and use?

absolute bullshit..


rlocone
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reply to comcastcares8
There service sucked anyways. I've been using Giganews for years now. Also, if anything goes down w/ RIAA/MPAA & Newsgroups the ISPs wash their hands of it.


beerbum
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said by rlocone:

There service sucked anyways. I've been using Giganews for years now. Also, if anything goes down w/ RIAA/MPAA & Newsgroups the ISPs wash their hands of it.
just so you know.. Comcast's usenet has been outsourced to Giganews for some time now.. So I fail to see how Comcast's usenet sucks while Giganews usenet is "better".



rlocone
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That may be true. You just didn't get the same value out of it. Sometimes you get what you pay for.


LeftOfSanity
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reply to beerbum
said by beerbum:

so will Comcast be reducing our bills since the equivalent service from Giganews is $7.99 per month?

hahahaha I doubt it. Comcast just takes and takes while either raising prices or restricting/dropping services..

what's next, dump the "always on" and start charging by the hour after being on-line past a certain time limit??

this really sucks, now I have to pay an extra $8 per month for a service I want and use?

absolute bullshit..
Well technically the price you pay is for access to the internet. Anything else (email,usenet,free anti-virus) are just added features.


CableTool
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reply to beerbum
said by beerbum:

so will Comcast be reducing our bills since the equivalent service from Giganews is $7.99 per month?

Did your rate increase $7.99 when newsgroup access was added to accounts?
"hahahaha I doubt it."

Also when did Comcast raise CHSI prices?

Now you have to pay $8.00 a month for service you were previously getting for free. Chances are you will not and many will not.
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Rob
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reply to comcastcares8
It sucks for Giganews.


NormanS
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reply to comcastcares8
said by comcastcares8:

The Comcast Newsgroups service, powered by Giganews will be discontinued as of September 17th. Existing customers will continue to be able to access the service until October 25th.

This decision is in alignment with other Internet Service Providers that have recently terminated their Newsgroups service due to the declining popularity of Newsgroups as customers chose other methods, such as RSS feeds and web browsing to access information.
Interesting. I guess that leaves the (current) largest ISP as one of the few standing to continue NNTP service (albeit, without the 'alt.binaries.*' hierarchy).

It is nice to see Comcast not lay the blame for this at NYAG Mario Cuomo's feet.
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ELRefugee

join:2002-02-07
Scotts Valley, CA
said by NormanS:

It is nice to see Comcast not lay the blame for this at NYAG Mario Cuomo's feet.
Yeah, Comcast says they're dropping Usenet because other ISPs are dropping Usenet. It's the usual lying from Comcast.


dnoyeB
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Is this for real? I use news groups daily! This can't be real.


joe40

join:2005-11-26
Danbury, CT
reply to comcastcares8
i am a little glad
2 gigs a month was never large enough to be of any good use.
all i want is comcast replace it with something.
but not likely

cjortega

join:2008-05-29
Bolingbrook, IL
reply to NormanS
said by NormanS:

said by comcastcares8:

The Comcast Newsgroups service, powered by Giganews will be discontinued as of September 17th. Existing customers will continue to be able to access the service until October 25th.

This decision is in alignment with other Internet Service Providers that have recently terminated their Newsgroups service due to the declining popularity of Newsgroups as customers chose other methods, such as RSS feeds and web browsing to access information.
Interesting. I guess that leaves the (current) largest ISP as one of the few standing to continue NNTP service (albeit, without the 'alt.binaries.*' hierarchy).

It is nice to see Comcast not lay the blame for this at NYAG Mario Cuomo's feet.
comcastcares left out the last paragraph of the post that he made in the Comcast help forum.

"While the majority of Newsgroups are safe, newsgroups have been found to be a source of child pornography on the internet. This is just one of the child protection measures Comcast has taken to help reduce access to child pornography."

ELRefugee

join:2002-02-07
Scotts Valley, CA

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Give us a break. They're dropping 70,000 filtered text groups.

This is just the first salvo in the war against all P2P traffic. The internet is being converted into one never-ending Geico commercial. I guarantee ISPs will be blocking all P2P traffic within a year or two.


fonzbear2000
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said by ELRefugee:

Give us a break. They're dropping 70,000 filtered text groups. This is just the first salvo on the war against all P2P traffic. The internet is being converted into one never-ending Geico commercial.
So Comcast is only dropping text groups and we'll still be able to download files on binary groups?
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reply to ELRefugee
said by ELRefugee:

This is just the first salvo in the war against all P2P traffic. The internet is being converted into one never-ending Geico commercial. I guarantee ISPs will be blocking all P2P traffic within a year or two.
This would make sense if Newsgroups was P2P traffic.

Hob
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ELRefugee

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I didn't say NNTP is P2P. I'm saying this reduction of service is just one step in a larger process.


RR Conductor
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reply to comcastcares8
I'm not sad to see them go, I stopped using Usenet a while ago. The newsgroups are a free for all, with no moderation at all, and while I know many use them for legitimate purposes, there are a lot of freaks hiding out on them, it's scary what is posted on on some of them.


mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV
reply to comcastcares8
ok since comcast is getting rid of newsgroups on october 25th what service is the best newsgroup service out there (downloads, size,etc)?

ELRefugee

join:2002-02-07
Scotts Valley, CA
reply to RR Conductor
Usenet isn't "going" anywhere. The world is simply being divided into haves and have-nots -- and almost the whole world is in that first category. America's major ISPs are forcing their customers into the second.

Fortunately plenty of smaller ISPs are still around. Buh bye Comcast.


absm

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reply to mikedz4
I've had Supernews and quit them for some reason I don't recall - guess it was a price hike.

Currently use Easynews. Hell fast, rollover bandwidth, web interface.


rolfp5

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reply to mikedz4
»www.powerusenet.com/

Member Center
Status: Active
Transfer Amt: 5.77GB
Transfer Limit: 25.00GB
Rotate On: 09/19/08

I think not bad. 25G for ~$10/mo.


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reply to ELRefugee
said by ELRefugee:

Usenet isn't "going" anywhere. The world is simply being divided into haves and have-nots -- and almost the whole world is in that first category. America's major ISPs are forcing their customers into the second.

Fortunately plenty of smaller ISPs are still around. Buh bye Comcast.
I know it's not going away, I was just saying I won't miss it on Comcast. It's a great resource, no doubt, but the pedos, psychos and weirdos have ruined it for the rest, and you will continue to see attacks on it because of them.
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reply to CableTool
said by CableTool:

said by beerbum:

so will Comcast be reducing our bills since the equivalent service from Giganews is $7.99 per month?

Did your rate increase $7.99 when newsgroup access was added to accounts?

I've been a Comcast HSI subscriber for eight years, and newsgroups have been a part of the package Comcast has marketed that whole time.

Also when did Comcast raise CHSI prices?

I'm not sure how that's relevant, since we're talking about reduction in services without a commiserate reduction in price.

Now you have to pay $8.00 a month for service you were previously getting for free. Chances are you will not and many will not.
Correction: nothing is free from a for-profit company. Newsgroups have been part of the internet package that Comcast markets. We are now facing a reduction in that package.


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reply to comcastcares8
Well it's a way of raising prices without actually raising prices. Now they don't pay $7.99 to giganews or whatever. Even if they host their own newsgroups, that's less money towards server maintenance. So the bottom line they receive will be more, without raising a dime to the subscriber. 90% of the subscriber base won't even know what a newsgroup is. RCN announced this first, so at least were not the guinea pigs.

Comcast will send you to their heavily filtered forums if you want to talk about something. And for binaries, they'll send you elsewhere, as long as you stay within your 250GB cap and don't incur DMCA notices!


Rob
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reply to Welcome to Post
said by Welcome to Post :

said by CableTool:

said by beerbum:

so will Comcast be reducing our bills since the equivalent service from Giganews is $7.99 per month?

Did your rate increase $7.99 when newsgroup access was added to accounts?

I've been a Comcast HSI subscriber for eight years, and newsgroups have been a part of the package Comcast has marketed that whole time.

Also when did Comcast raise CHSI prices?

I'm not sure how that's relevant, since we're talking about reduction in services without a commiserate reduction in price.

Now you have to pay $8.00 a month for service you were previously getting for free. Chances are you will not and many will not.
Correction: nothing is free from a for-profit company. Newsgroups have been part of the internet package that Comcast markets. We are now facing a reduction in that package.
So when Comcast went from 6/384 to 6/1 and 8/768 to 8/2, did your Internet rate go up? After all, nothing is free. So all of our rates must have gone up with the increase in speed.

I didn't see anyone say "OMG! My Internet just got faster, how dare they increase it without increasing my rate. I am now receiving an addition to my package with the same rate!"


quetwo
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said by Rob:

So when Comcast went from 6/384 to 6/1 and 8/768 to 8/2, did your Internet rate go up? After all, nothing is free. So all of our rates must have gone up with the increase in speed.
Yes. About the same time my cap was lifted from 6/384 to 6/1, there was a price increase of about $5. While most people didn't have the timing as close as we did, we had our yearly "we need more money"-a-thon the same time they did the slight bump in upload speeds.


Rob
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said by quetwo:

said by Rob:

So when Comcast went from 6/384 to 6/1 and 8/768 to 8/2, did your Internet rate go up? After all, nothing is free. So all of our rates must have gone up with the increase in speed.
Yes. About the same time my cap was lifted from 6/384 to 6/1, there was a price increase of about $5. While most people didn't have the timing as close as we did, we had our yearly "we need more money"-a-thon the same time they did the slight bump in upload speeds.
Your Internet rate went up by $5 dollars?


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reply to quetwo
said by quetwo:

said by Rob:

So when Comcast went from 6/384 to 6/1 and 8/768 to 8/2, did your Internet rate go up? After all, nothing is free. So all of our rates must have gone up with the increase in speed.
Yes. About the same time my cap was lifted from 6/384 to 6/1, there was a price increase of about $5. While most people didn't have the timing as close as we did, we had our yearly "we need more money"-a-thon the same time they did the slight bump in upload speeds.
Can post a scan of your bill where bundled (std-level) Internet is more than $42.95? Mine hasn't changed since 2002.
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