I know ICONZ doesn't have one, and now Xtra. I use Paradise.net.nz but I wonder how many other ISPs don't provide this service.
Apparently Xtra posted a message in all groups on their server, without replication to outside:
For some time Xtra has hosted a complimentary Usenet server.
However, the number of people using this service has steadily declined and there are now only a few hundred regular users.
Because of this decline in popularity, we have decided that, from May 3, we will no longer provide the newsgroup service.
If you'd like to continue using newsgroups, there are other services available such as gignews.com, or free services such as MSN Forums and Google Groups.
We like to apologise to the small number of regular users who will be affected by this change.
I am waiting for confirmation from someone inside Telecom New Zealand, but if true this is appaling.
Xtra is already blocking POP3 access from outside its network, affecting people travelling and forcing them to use the webmail page or pay for a "secure" access. The ISP is also blocking SMTP servers, forcing people on their network to use their SMTP server, not allowing any other server inside their perimeter - so no home user running their own mailserver.
If this is true, what part of ISP (Internet Service Provider) are they missing?
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