Now that ISPs have stopped offering it as an added perk...
For years, ISPs have been either outsourcing their newsgroup access or eliminating it as a perk altogether. That shift only accelerated with NY AG Andrew Cuomo's recent child porn "crackdown
," which ISPs admit doesn't have them doing anything differently, but has given them a nice scapegoat for newsgroup elimination. AOL stopped offering newsgroup access three years ago, Time Warner Cable just announced they'd be scrapping access, and AT&T is pulling access to the entire alt.binary hierarchy.
In an effort to pick up the fleeing "refugees," newsgroup operators have been running promotions on newsgroup access. Newsgroup Direct
is offering Time Warner Cable, Sprint and Verizon customers 20% off their usual rates. NGroups
is offering a $30 per quarter "Roadrunner special" until July 31. Of course, there's a fairly vast difference in pricing
, features, retention and quality of service.
Users in our Time Warner Cable forum
are engaged in an interesting conversation on the best and least expensive newsgroup services out there. There's also a significant number of newsgroup review breakdowns
Does your ISP still offer complementary newsgroup service? If not, do you have any recommendations for our users?