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Atlantic Broadband Also Ditching Free Usenet Access
Insider says they'll stop sometime in the next few months
by Karl Bode 08:49AM Friday Apr 23 2010
Right on the heels of a similar decision by Cox Communications, an insider at Atlantic Broadband (see user reviews) says the company will also soon be discontinuing their free Usenet access. The announcement hasn't been made official yet, but the insider says that "barring a change of heart" Atlantic users can expect free newsgroup access to disappear sometime "in the next 2 months." Like many ISPs, Atlantic doesn't feel the cost of providing access is worth it given the limited number of users. "Statistics from the engineering department show barely 50 users across our system," says the source. Atlantic is the fifteenth biggest cable company and has roughly 285,000 customers across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, South Carolina and Miami.

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Jeffrey
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Might be a blessing

I stopped using my ISPs (Cablevision, Verizon Fios) Usenet services years ago. The completion was terrible, it was throttled, and basically useless.

I jumped ship and went to third party news provders. Yeah, it sort of is a bummer to pay more for something that was once included, but depending upon how much you use it, it's worth it for the completion and speeds.

What I do find a load of bull is using the excuse of child pr0n to enhance what is ultimately a financial decision.

With that said, I can guarantee that not one person in my office of 120+ people here besides myself has any clue what Usenet is. Of course they know what Limewire is, but not Usenet. Perhaps the count of 50-users on Atlantic Broadband's systems isnt that far off of a figure.
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Re: Might be a blessing

if people actually knew what Usenet was, there would be a lot more users. I've been a Usenet user since 2000. Giganews subscriber since 2002 (when AT&T dropped their newsgroup servers).
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Re: Might be a blessing

said by Harddrive:

if people actually knew what Usenet was, there would be a lot more users. I've been a Usenet user since 2000. Giganews subscriber since 2002 (when AT&T dropped their newsgroup servers).
I hear you. I've been using Usenet since the early 90s, and around 2001 I gave up on ISP-provided Usenet services.
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I doubt it there are so many better ways to get content. Usenet is too much of a liability to an ISP.
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I'm on AtlanticBB with some usenet usage, but of course not utilizing the ISP-provided usenet.

The ISP-provided usenet is through (formerly) Supernews, which I believe is now ran by Giganews.

The speeds are capped at a miserable 32KB/sec or 64KB/sec, even on an 8Mbit connection.

Additionally, ABB uses packet shaping technology of some sort, which makes this even more redundant.

So for me, as an ABB customer, this doesn't really affect me very much, as I will continue to use SSL-enabled usenet services.

Harddrive
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Re: Might be a blessing

Good god! With that kind of usenet traffic management, why have it at all?
fenix_jn

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Really? Since when...

ABB had Usenet access?... ah, well no matter. I'll still use my SSL based usenet service.

Rocco

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Atlantic Broadband Customer Support chat transcript

5:42:50 PM : Rocco: Initial Question/Comment: Can't connect to news.atlanticbb.net

5:42:55 PM : Welcome to Atlantic Broadband High Speed Internet Support.

5:43:01 PM : David has joined this session!

5:43:01 PM : Connected with David. Your Reference Number for this chat is 6421.

5:43:21 PM : David: Hi Rocco, thank you for contacting Atlantic Broadband's Live Support. My name is David

5:43:26 PM : David: I understand that you are having questions regarding news groups.

5:43:51 PM : David: Atlantic Broadband has discontinued supporting news groups as of Tuesday.

5:44:46 PM : Rocco: When were they planning to tell us?

5:46:06 PM : David: There was only 30 news group users out of all our customers which is in the hundreds of thousands.

5:46:26 PM : David: News groups are an old technology and it was no longer cost effective to continue supporting them.

camcabbit

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*pokes the server with a stick to see if it's dead*

Looks like it's dead now, as I can't access it any further. Odd thing is, if I try to access it without entering a username and pass, I get a "480 authentication required" error. So maybe they're still on, but you have to buy access to it. I dunno, maybe I'm doing something wrong.
NetLarry

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Official: Free Newsgroup access is discontinued.

Free access to newsgroups through Atlantic Broadband has been discontinued. Previously, the service was provided by SuperNews ( »www.supernews.com ). If you want to continue newsgroup access, you will have to purchase it through another provider (i.e. Supernews, Giganews, etc).

The comments regarding newsgroups usage are correct, there were less than 50 users (including occasional users). It is difficult to justify continuing a service so rarely utilized.

Larry

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Re: Official: Free Newsgroup access is discontinued.

Only 50 users? Out of 285,000 customers? Anyone else here find that odd?

SOBE

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I cannot believe that there were only 50 users! that's total BS