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Picking a Usenet Provider

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Because there are so many options, features and services out there, choosing a Usenet Provider can be a daunting task. When choosing a Usenet Provider, look for the following service features:

  1. Binary Retention - Binary retention is the length of time binary articles are kept on a news providers' servers. The higher retention a provider offers, the better chance you have of finding what you are looking for. Always try and get the highest retention you can afford.

  2. Text Retention - Text retention is the length of time text articles are kept on a news providers' servers. Again, the higher retention a provider has, the more discussions you can participate in.

  3. Completion - Completion refers to the ratio of files that are supposed to be on a news server and the actual number of articles that are available. Try picking a provider with at least 99% completion or higher. A low completion percentage will give you headaches every time you want to find articles and discussions.

  4. Connections - A Connection refers to a session that is opened every time you request an article or header. The more Connections you have, the faster your Usenet experience will be.

  5. Free Trials - A Free Trial will enable you to test out a providers' service, before you are committed to carrying out any monthly contracts. Free Trials are a good idea, choose them if you can.

  6. Limited/Unlimited Access – Providers offer both limited and unlimited plans. Select the plan which you feel most closely matches your usage patterns. If you’re not sure, try a limited plan until you figure out exactly what your needs may be.

  7. SSL Encrypted Usenet - Some Usenet subscribers may not want their downloads and posts clearly visible to networks between their computer and the Usenet server they access. This is especially important for subscribers on open networks like wireless or cable. Because of this security risk, some Usenet servers support Usenet access through SSL. This service encrypts all data between your computer and the server you’re accessing.

Listed below are several Usenet Providers, their retention levels, and price ranges.

Provider Binary Retention Text Retention Price Range
Giganews 200 Days 1500+ Days $7.99 - $29.99
Power Usenet 105 Days 180 Days $14.95 - $19.99
Supernews 40 Days 1000 Days $3.95 – $20.95



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