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GoT Usenet Special

July 24th, 2017

I feel bad we have run out of Unlimited Accounts for the 70% special we advertised last week. We had an amazing response to the sale! I was just trying to give something back to the Usenet community and thank all our loyal customers. The 70% discount puts most of these accounts below our cost, so we do have to limit the number of accounts we sell. I hope everyone understands. ;-)

I am currently on my honeymoon, but I have asked my team to prepare a coupon code to accommodate some of our customers who were disappointed the sale did not proceed as we originally planned. We are going to limit the discount to the first 150 subscribers and the coupon will expire tonight at midnight UTC.

Discount: 70% off any account
The coupon code is: shallwebegin
# of accounts available: 150
Coupon Expiration: 11:59:59 UTC

Thanks! Next Sunday we will offer another great special, so come back to see what it will be!

G Lyda


NewsDemon Site/Service Update

July 16th, 2017

I would like to thank all our loyal customers for helping make NewsDemon one of the best Usenet communities on the planet! I have decided to give a status report on where our service stands currently:

The Good:

  • 1)  Our actual server farms are running very smoothly. We have not had a service interruption of any kind in over five years, and that outage was because of a fiber cut.
  • 2)  We continue to increase our retention daily.
  • 3)  We are currently developing a new website interface for both our web portal and the members area of our site designed to modernize the site and user experience.  ETA sometime before year end.
  • 4)  We will soon be adding some new payment options!
  • 5)  We continue to provide a FREE VPN account with every recurring account.
  • 6)  Users will have a better interface to upgrade/downgrade their accounts, add blocks, add multiple blocks at once, a better vacation pause feature, easier addition of backup payment options, etc.  If anyone has some requests for feature adds, please comment on this blog post!
  • 7)  We continue to be the only provider to give special discounts to military and students.
  • 8)  We continue to be the only provider to offer free accounts to journalists/media and to educators.
  • 9) We are adding a Price Match policy.

Known Issues:

  • 1)  Some of our users are not receiving emails from NewsDemon if they are using Microsoft/Live/Outlook/MSN/Hotmail accounts.  We are working on the issue.  No firm ETA.  In the meantime, please use an alternative email address for signing up and support tickets.  If you do not have one, please send support tickets to newsdemon (at) as a LAST RESORT.
  • 2)  We have been made aware of some customers being billed multiple times in a month.  This is a legacy code issue with our older website code and we are going to eliminate this issue with the new site design/architecture.  Please be assured that anyone who is billed in error can receive a full refund.
  • 3)  We have also been made aware that some users have NOT been billed in months and they should have.  Again, this will be solved in the new site architecture.  We will not be going back to “catch up” on your billing.  We thank those of you who have been forthcoming!
  • 4)  The signup/join process is not showing updated pricing once a coupon has been accepted.  This should be resolved soon.
  • 5)  Some users have complained about their transaction not being accepted.  This is a fraud monitoring issue and we will have to work continuously to adjust and tweak our fraud prevention system to help eliminate some of this.  Unfortunately, I can not see this ever totally going away based on the nature of how fraud monitoring for credit cards works.

I would like to finish up by saying that I really appreciate all the support you have given us over the years.  I started the company to provide a quality Usenet service at an affordable price and I think we have done that for sixteen years!  I stepped away from management of the company for a few years and the Usenet industry changed and my team did not adjust and change with it. Unfortunately things did not run as smoothly as our customers expect and deserve.  I apologize and promise that will never happen again.  Satisfying our customers is the #1 goal.
Thank you for sticking with us!

G. Lyda


ATT Offers Free Online Access In Times Square

May 25th, 2010

Good news for AT&T and Usenet newsgroup subscribers who hang around Times Square often, as the carrier has confirmed that it would be launching its first-ever outdoor Wi-Fi hotspot in Times Square. The hotspot will give anybody with an iPhone or AT&T smartphone unlimited online use as part of this pilot project.

Instead of thousands and thousands of people simultaneously accessing the gigs of data on Usenet over AT&T’s bruised, congested cellular network, they can use free Wi-Fi, offloading traffic and reducing the strain on the network thousands of other people are trying to make phone calls over. The company acknowledged that the network was primarily there to offset the burden on AT&T’s 3G service in New York City, which even after a deliberate upgrade plan has been oversaturated primarily by the sheer amount of use from iPhone owners. Key cities such as San Francisco have also been overwhelmed by usage to this day and, while slightly improved, may be prime candidates for the next stages of the pilot.

“With this pilot AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone, we’re examining new ways to combine our Wi-Fi and 3G networks to help ensure that AT&T customers in Times Square always have a fast mobile broadband connection to do what matters most to them,” said John Donovan, AT&T chief technology officer, in a statement.

AT&T currently offers Wi-Fi at over 20,000 locations and reports 53.1 million Wi-Fi connections on its network in the first quarter alone.


FCC Attempts Third Way To Regulate ISPs

May 10th, 2010

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his third attempt at gaining acceptance for online neutrality last week, sparking yet another furor over the issue as it could affect USENET newsgroup access. This time, he’s proposing a narrower approach toward reclassifying broadband access services as telecommunications services, in the hope that this might win over the industry.

The move comes in the wake a federal appeals court ruling that concluded the FCC overstepped its authority in attempting to prevent Comcast’s Internet throttling, an action that has thrown into disarray the commission’s plans to codify net neutrality regulations.

The basis of the FCC’s general broadband plan is to provide broadband Internet access to more Americans, in part by limiting the ability of ISPs to restrict the amount of bandwidth users consume, and by barring them from showing preference to their own traffic or to traffic generated by users who pay a premium for bandwidth.

Grouping ISPs with telephone companies would give the FCC the authority to impose so-called net neutrality—prohibiting an ISP from slowing or denying user access to an application or service–a say-so it sought but was denied in the Comcast ruling.  Currently, companies like Comcast have no restriction on bandwidth throttling, which can result in drastic reductions in speed and access time.

The opposition consisting of most ISPS minus Sprint, has been lining up to criticize the proposal, arguing that any type of regulation will stifle investment because complying with the regulation is expensive and onerous.

Carriers don’t like FCC chairman Julius Genachowski’s “Third Way” proposal for net neutrality because it would bring them under increased regulation by classifying broadband as a “telecommunications service.” Public interest groups generally maintain Gonachowski’s approach would lead to delivery of faster broadband services to more Americans including many who have been shortchanged in rural areas.

“We believe this is without legal basis. Make no mistake—when it regulates the networks that comprise the Internet, the FCC is in fact, and for the first time, regulating the Internet itself… We feel confident that if the FCC proceeds down this path, the federal courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion.” – from ATT

Many newsgroup subscribers say that they didn’t trust the notion that the FCC would take only a limited approach to the new regulations, and that the “Trojan Horse” of this good intention is to choke ISPs on other issues and matters down the line.


Broadband Intiative: Free Wi-Fi USENET Access Nationwide

March 12th, 2010


Could another influx of USENET newsgroup subscribers be on the horizon? At the Digital Inclusion Summit in Washington on Tuesday, Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said his agency is considering establishing “free or very low cost” wireless Internet service for the entire nation.

“In order to ensure long-term American competitiveness, we must not leave one-third of the nation behind,” Genachowski said. “The National Broadband Plan provides a vision for federal, state and local leadership and partnerships with private and nonprofit communities that will bridge the digital divide and transform America into a nation where broadband expands opportunities for all.”

The FCC provided few details about how it would carry out such a plan and who would qualify, but will make a recommendation under the National Broadband Plan set for release next week. The agency will determine details later. The number of Americans online grew nearly threefold from 85 million to 231 million between 1998 and 2008, according to reports from Usenet newsgroups. The FCC plan would extend broadband online service to an estimated 93 million Americans who the agency describes as being “left behind in the digital age.” and could dramatically help grow the USENET newsgroup community.

Both the FCC and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration are charged with mapping out where broadband is, and isn’t, as part of the national plan to deploy broadband nationwide. Debate has already begun over the proposal to offer the cheap or free wireless broadband, which would involve taking back at least some of the privately owned TV spectrum.

The cost of the plan, which will be submitted to Congress on March 17, is said to be in the neighborhood of $25 billion. According to the FCC, 4 percent of American homes do not have access to broadband Internet, and three in 10 people in the U.S. do not have high-speed Internet because of factors such as price. A survey by the FCC provides a great detail of figures of those without access in the US.


Verizon Announces Newsgroup Service To Be Discontinued

September 1st, 2009


Verizon has begun to notify customers informing them that newsgroup service provided by the company will cease by September 30th.

Verizon had late last year discontinued access to a number of newsgroups. Many have speculated that this termination of service was imminent. Customers will continue to have access to post or view articles on the Verizon USENET newsgroup service until the termination date. Newsgroups is offering a 20% discount to all Verizon customers. Simply copy the coupon code below at checkout for any of our subscription based plans.

Coupon Code: hearmenow Newsgroups welcomes all Verizon customers who wish to continue to gain access to valuable resources available on USENET newsgroups. The discount is valid for the lifetime of the subscription.

Earlier this year, Comcast, Time Warner and AT&T had also discontinued USENET access. As maintenance costs rises for supporting USENET newsgroups, many internet service providers have opted to drop access for its customers.