Providers of Newsgroup Access
Check out Newsgroup Service Providers
Newsgroup Service Providers typically
are solely focused on providing newsgroup access,
many times to groups numbering in the hundreds-of-thousands
list of newsgroups). Access is usually given
via login & password, which is nice as you can
access the newsgroups from anywhere you can get
internet access. I find it handy because often I
want access from home, work, or an internet cafe
while on the road.
Let's start with a few definitions:
- completion: postings of binary
files (e.g. pictures) are typically posted in multiple
parts due to their size (and "post size"
restrictions of the newsserver). To download the
entire file and have it work properly on your
computer, all the parts of the post must be available
on the newsserver. If all parts are not available,
more than likely the file downloaded will not work
properly when you go to access it. A completion
rate (usually expressed in terms of a percentage
(%) over 90% is considered excellent.
- retention: how long posts
exist on a newsserver. News servers typically
expire posts as newer postings are added to the
newsgroups, and based on the amount of available
disk space on the server. This is useful for both
binaries and text-only groups since the longer the
retention, the farther back in time you can go to
read or download postings. Over 30 days is considered
- speed: how fast posts
are downloaded/uploaded to/from your computer.
This will be important to those users downloading
large (over 100Kb and especially multi-part) posts.
If you have a DSL, cable, (or faster) internet connection
you'll want to consider this option when researching
Determining the best newsgroup providers
is not cut-and-dry, as it really depends on how
you want to use newsgroups. I've tried many newsgroup
providers and have been happiest with the following
Appears to have the highest completion and retention
rates, especially for the binaries newsgroups. The
download speeds are extremely fast and it's the
one I recommend when someone cares about speed.
Any newsreader application can be used for this
this is the fastest service I've used yet. They
allow 8 connections/streams from any newsreader,
and have servers located in USA and Netherlands.
The downloads/uploads I was seeing were as fast
as my Internet connection could muster. Cable/DSL
users should give this one a try.
Block (monthly) and daily limit accounts of all
sizes available. This was my first newsgroup experience.
Support was helpful in getting me online and are
friendly. Access is via a newsreader application.
Give any of them a try...