Commercial Usenet News Servers
Occasionally I get email requests for a reference to a good site that sells Usenet News. I have listed several commercial servers on this page. Anyone that works for any of these services and would like to add to the information here, please feel free to contact me.
In the table below, if there is not information in a field, it doesn't mean anything specific. Some services I just haven't had time to look at yet, others don't give me enough access without joining to see what they really have to offer. If I don't make a comment it usually means that I had no real opinion about the service, they were just "average".
Days Text Retention
Multi Gigabit Backbone
Servers in the Asia, Europe & the USA
Giganews Usenet provides one of the most complete newsfeeds available with very few missing posts. They also provide spam filtering and an unlimited download package. Great as your primary provider or just to download fills.
days of retention across binary newsgroups
2+ years of retention across text newsgroups.
Unlimited and metered plans.
30-60 simultaneous connections.
SSL Encryption and Lightning Accelerator (header compression tool) included with all plans.
days retention across binary newsgroups
2+ years retention across Text newsgroups
Up to 20 simultaneous connections
Alternate server names to help choose fastest route
8GB/month download limit
They have a very impressive appearing configuration. Also, with the separate names based on the DS3 connection, users can use traceroute (or connect using all 3), to get the best possible connections.
unlimited GB Usenet
servers in amsterdam & north america
256-bit ssl encryption
800 days of binary retention
30 simultaneous connections
70TeraByte redundant news spool
30 day retention for binaries
60 day retention for text
Multi-gigabit Internet connectivity
Latest stats on their web page
$23.95/month for 15 connections
Unlike most of the other usenet providers out there, Megabitz does not keep all of the junk groups. Their active list only contains 27,000 active groups. This will help speed up your download of the active list. In addition, the other 80,000 groups are usually only posted to by spammers anyway, so you won't waste your time looking for content that doesn't exist.
8,000+ MB of RAM!
10,000 Gig Spool drive on a full array!
Some of the longest retention times available!
Quad T-3 Backbone
Capable of handling THOUSANDS of simultaneous connections, without breaking a sweat!
- 110,000 newsgroups
- controversial uncensored groups
- instant access
- OC-12 connections to the internet
1 carries all the adult groups
1 carries all the binary groups
500MB/day download limit
I am putting MegaNetNews back up in the top part of my listing. They have contacted me and re-created my login information. During the move to their new servers they seem to have lost my information.
I still say caveat emptor, but things are looking up
MegaNetNews has recently restructured their news service. They are now operating their own private news servers. They currently have 3 servers. They also have a web2news interface that will be available shortly. At present, you must use their servers by number, but when they get everyting in the DNS working, you will be able to hit the machines by name. They also seem to have a lot of plans for the future according to what they told me in email.