What makes a top Usenet provider? Maybe we should ask Newshosting, Usenet Server, NewsDemon, Astraweb, Easynews, or Giganews, since these six Usenet providers are almost always among everyone's top 10 picks. So what do these providers offer that others do not?
One of the first things to look at is retention rates. Retention rates are how long Usenet providers keep text and binary rates on their news servers. Many of the top providers have recently increased their binary retention rates, but Giganews has so far won the retention "wars" with binary retention rates of 686+ days (over two years) and text retention rates of 2,525 days (almost 7 years)!!
The next thing that all the top Usenet providers offer is a 98% or higher completion rates. Binary files by their very nature are very large files. Most news servers have file size limits that were set when only text files traveled Usenet. To be posted on Usenet, binary files must first be broken down into smaller pieces. These pieces are then reassembled after they are downloaded. Completion rates tell you the average percentage of a file your news server recovers of binary files. Obviously, an incomplete file is not going to do you any good. That is why the very best Usenet providers offer 99% or higher completion rates.
If you plan to download a large amount of information, you will want to be able have as many connections as possible so that it does not take hours. The more connections a Usenet provider allows, the quicker you will be able to download vast amounts of information. Newshosting currently leads the pack, allowing 60 concurrent connections, closely followed by Giganews, which allows 50 connections.
Other benefits offered by the top Usenet providers are unlimited download speeds, 256-bit SSL encryption, and well priced plans. When deciding on which Usenet provider is best for you, it is always good to look at many, read reviews, and even take advantage of free trials, when available. For a list and comparison of different Usenet providers, go to our provider comparison page.