Before you can start downloading from and participating in Usenet you are going to need a Usenet connection which means, in most cases, you will need to pay for a premium Usenet service ($5 to $30) However there are some exceptions to this rule as some ISP’s are able to provide you with free Usenet access .
Anyways, be sure to check with your ISP first before you decide to signup with a premium usenet service. Most ISPs neither advertise nor Â promote their Usenet capabilities so we have created this chart below to help you quickly see if you get some Usenet access for free.
Caveat: Its worth noting however that since early 2010 many ISP’s have been either stopping or outsourcing their Usenet access. Regardless, below is a list of ISPs in the USA that offer some form of Usenet access.
|Name||Country||Usenet Access||Retention||Server Address||Special Offers|
|Adelphia||USA||Limited version of Giganews||Latest stats Giganews||news1.news.adelphia.net|
|Visit usenet special offers|
|AOL||USA||None||0||recommended usenet providers|
|AT&T||USA||Canceled in 2009.||0||Visit AT&T Special Offers page|
|Bellsouth||USA||Bought out by AT&T||0||Visit AT&T Special Offers page|
|Cableone||USA||Discontinued in 2008||0||best usenet provider list|
|Charter.net||USA||No more -- Check out Newshosting||Latest stats Newshosting||nttp.charter.net||Discontinued|
|Comcast||USA||Discontinued in 2009||usenet service providers|
|Cox||USA||Limited version of Newshosting||30||news.west.cox.net news.east.cox.net|
|Earthlink||USA||5 GB limit||20||news.west.earthlink.net|
|Knology||USA||Limited version of Usenetserver||30||news.knology.net|
|Optimum Online||USA||2 connections||20||news.optonline.net|
|Qwest DSL||USA||See help page||30||news.qwest.net|
|Roadrunner||USA||Discontinued in 2009||20||news.roadrunner.net||best usenet providers of 2011|
|SBC||USA||No Alt Binaries are available||0|
|Speakeasy||USA||Limited version of Giganews||30||news.speakeasy.net|
|Verizon||USA||Canceled in 2009.||0||top usenet providers|
|Windstream||USA||Limited version of Newshosting||Latest stats Newshosting||news.windstream.net||best usenet providers 2011|
While your ISP may offer Usenet services included, most likely, the service will suck and you will want to switch to a premium Usenet service.
If you look around our website and read our reviews you will start to get an idea of how to choose a Usenet provider. Â Really you are not going to go wrong with any of our recommended providers but nonetheless here is a is a list of important factors to evaluate when signing up for a premium Usenet service.
Now that we have explained our philosophy on choosing a Usenet service provider, its time to move on and discuss the next step in the process, how to choose a Usenet newsreader.