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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 Rogers.com 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posted under the Usnet topic of the Rogers.com site, states that Usenet is an out dated mode of communication that has been replaced by; Blogs, Instant Messaging, Groups and Personal Web Pages.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.

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