Top 10 Providers

  1. Newshosting
  2. UseNetServer
  3. NewsDemon
  4. Astraweb
  5. Easynews
  6. ThunderNews
  7. NewsgroupDirect
  8. Ngroups.NET
  9. Supernews
  10. Giganews

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FIXED :: NewsDemon Website Inactive?

Our site has been detecting errors when trying to reach the NewsDemon site since midday today. We’ve confirmed that we can’t reach the home page, or any of the deeper pages via links available in Google’s cached copy of the site. Would anyone at ND like to let us know what is going on, and when service might be restored? It’s no fun to see such a venerable provider go dark… if we don’t hear by morning, we’ll put in a call to the execs and see if we can get some… sorry… news.

Serious (and Unnecessary) Difficulties with Fatcow Hosting

Folks, I want to apologize for any difficulties you’ve had loading our main site,, for the past 17 hours. Fatcow performed a router upgrade last night, and managed to break some aspect of their PHP and MySQL functionality, which underlies some of the neater features on our site, including our dynamic updates of Usenet providers’ retention statistics.

I’m sorry to say that the Fatcow Tech Support has been disappointing so far, especially since we had this same problem on June 12th. Between the earlier occurrence of this issue, and the fact that preserving settings during a router upgrade just shouldn’t be that hard, I’m strongly considering moving the site to a new hosting provider. I will also post full logs of my tech support interactions so that you can decide for yourself if the support I’ve received is appropriate. I’d like your feedback on this point.

Also, as far as new hosting providers are concerned, I’d really like root access, chron jobs, high speed, strong features and administrative panel, and perhaps most important, incredible tech support, by which I mean (a) they know what they are doing, and (b) they are accessible.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

UseNetServer Adds PayPal Payment Option

UseNetServer announced today that it now supports payments through PayPal. We’re excited about this announcement as PayPal is the preferred method of payment for many Usenet users. We’d love to see more providers take this step. You can purchase UseNetServer with PayPal starting now.

Usenet Newsgroup Provider Easynews Launches Cool New Website

We really like the new website Easynews – nice work! The new tutorial video is great and offers beginning Usenet users a simple, step-by-step guide on how to download newsgroup content. We are also very pleased to see that Easynews has increased their NNTP binary retention to a more competitive level of 400+ days [...]

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…And Even More — Newshosting and UseNetServer Offer A $5 Black Friday Deal

Two more of our favorite providers have come through with a great Black Friday offer. Both Newshosting (currently #1 and rated our Best Overall Usenet Provider) and UseNetServer (#2) have decided to offer new users their first month of service for only $5.00. This deal runs from 5 AM EST on Thursday 11/26 (Thanksgiving) [...]

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…And a Black Friday 50% Upgrade Deal from Easynews

Here’s the text from the Easynews website: “It’s Black Friday Somewhere! Special: From 3AM MST 2009/11/26 through 5AM MST 2009/11/28, you can upgrade your account for half off! Sign Up for Classic and then upgrade to Plus for $2.49, or Big Gig for $9.98.” It’s worth noting that this is 50% off of the [...]

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Black Friday Special Coupon from Thundernews

Great news! Thundernews is offering a special Black Friday discount to customers, valid between November 27-29. This is probably one of the most potent coupons ever offered — it provides new Usenet customers with a 50% discount that is good for the life of the account. The coupon applies only to accounts that [...]

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Awesome New Usenet Video Tutorials from Newshosting!

Navigating the world of Usenet has definitely become easier in the past few years – the introduction of better newsgroup search capabilities, more capable newsreaders, and NZB files – all these things have helped. Still, navigating newsgroups can be a trial by fire for newer users. But at least one forward-thinking Usenet service provider [...]

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Usenet Service Providers Offering 400+ Days of Binary Retention

The race to stay at the top of the pack for Usenet/Newsgroup binary retention rates continues as Newshosting, Astraweb, UsenetServer,, NewsDemon and others all hit the 400 day mark. Giganews remains in the lead followed closely by Astraweb. These companies are all competing aggressively in this area. Stay tuned for more info from [...]

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User Feedback on Binverse Billing and Quality of Service

In the last few weeks, we have been made aware of a significant (higher than average) degree of user complaints regarding Binverse. We were excited at the launch of Binverse and hope this is a temporary trend, but for now we have decided to take them off our Top 10 Best Usenet Providers List. [...]

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