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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Contrary to what Rogers would like you to think, usenet provides a valuable resource for local information that quite frankly is not served by any single source.

Here are some good examples of local information that is served quite well by usenet, and are generally well moderated and free of porn, pirated software and other questionable material.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Dump Rogers makes the News

Jack Kapica at The Globe&Mail reports that “Rogers is removing a service without changing its rates, suggesting subscribers turn to portal technology controlled by Rogers/Yahoo, or to subscribe to an outside Usenet service — at extra cost.”

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

In a move that has stunned long time internet users, Canada’s largest Broadband ISP has decided to terminate Usenet services.

Effective December 15, 2005 will cease to offer subscribers access to nntp servers which carry Usenet News groups. The announcement which was only made through a FAQ posted under the Usnet topic of the site, states that Usenet is an out dated mode of communication that has been replaced by; Blogs, Instant Messaging, Groups and Personal Web Pages.

Coincidentally, the alternative suggestions Rogers provides links to are all powered by portal technology controlled by Rogers/Yahoo.

For those of us who, recall the days of 1200 baud modems, this move to shift subscribers into a “Walled Garden” appears to yet another nail in the coffin of free and open communications, undermining the foundations of the Internet.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

What does Usenet Deliver?

In addition to spam, pornography, music, movies and software. Usenet is a valuable source for relevant information in a frank commercial free setting.

Anyone can use usenet newsgroups to find:

Alternatives To Rogers Usenet Service

Rogers has made several suggestions as to alternative sources for newsgroups, what is curious is that their suggestions show a limited understanding of the power of community news groups that are not linked to a commercial site.

Does the decision by Rogers to Cancel one of the few, text based internet services indicate their preference for a "Walled Garden" internet service that limits content only to services that are vetted by the Internet Service Provider?

Are you a Rogers Highspeed internet subscriber?

Did you know that Rogers has announced a new initiative that will essentially cut their customers off one of the foundations of the Internet?

For those only recently exposed to the Internet and withno knowledge of how information flowed prior to Mosaic, they may not be aware of the wealth of information available through usenet newsgroups, and the importance newgroups have in forming communities of interest and establishing connections amongst people.

According to the Rogers usenet FAQ, they will be terminating the usenet service effective December 15, 2005.

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