SuperNews has been providing basic Usenet newsgroups since 1995. They have always provided a simple, no-frills service. Recently they have made some major changes and now have
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days of binary and 3276 days of text retention, along with excellent download speeds.
Free Trial – Supernews provides a 3-day free trial that allows up to 10GB of data to be downloadded from their Usenet servers. After 3 days or 10GB the account is automatically started and billed to your credit card.
Redundancy – Usenet is based in Amsterdam, and has a redundant server farm in the USA as well. They keep multiple copies of every Usenet article to ensure a 100% article completion rate. This means you never experience downtime or missing articles. Unlike other Usenet providers, which have to retrieve older articles from an archive, Supernews keeps all articles available at unlimited speeds.
Unlimited – As always, Supernews accounts are simple to understand, they have unlimited download speeds and unlimited download sizes. You are only limited by your internet connection speed and your ISP if they perform bandwidth throttling. During my indexing and testing, I am easily able to download at the full speed of my internet connection.
Encryption – Supernews has been providing industry standard data encryption for your connections since 1995. They currently support 256-bit SSL encryption.
Alternate Ports – Supernews allows you to connect using alternate ports to help reduce the chance that your ISP will reduce your bandwidth for news. To get a little more detail on this go read my post: Alternate Ports
24×7 Support – Supernews understands that your Usenet experience can be screwed up if you are having a problem connecting, etc, so they have a support team to answer any questions you have about your account any time day or night.
Supernews has excellent retention and connection speed for a very reasonable account. You will have to provide your own Newsgroup browser and any other supporting application, so it does require a little more knowledge to setup than some other accounts.