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Re: AOL Dropping Usenet Access

David Clayton (
Fri, 28 Jan 2005 14:11:09 +1100

On Thu, 2005-01-27 at 17:59 -0500, Danny Burstein wrote:

> AOL has apparently decided to stop supporting usenet for its customers.

> Typical story at:


> (disclosure: I work at an ISP that considers usenet a fundamental
> internet service)

Quite a few smaller ISP's in Australia now don't offer Usenet, but I
have found that using one of the personal "free" Usenet services more
than adequate replacements (I use in Germany).

Even my previous experience with a "major" ISP's Usenet service
(groups not updating, server downtime etc. etc.) seemed to indicate
that this is becoming a low priority these days in their business

At least the alternative services take Usenet seriously, and that's
better than an ISP who no longer cares.


David Clayton, e-mail:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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down to their level then beat you with experience.

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