Usenet Shake-up Could Strengthen Usenet Industry

Commercial Usenet access providers have been offering discounts to Usenet refugees from Time Warner and other ISPs in the hopes of getting them to switch. Giganews Vice President of Sales and Marketing David Vogelpohl told NewTeeVee that his company had “a great response” to its Time Warner special, and that Giganews is “thankful for the opportunity” provided by the ISPs’ Usenet shake-up.

The file-sharing web site Slyck.com reported earlier this week that at least five commercial Usenet access providers are offering discounts to Time Warner, Verizon and Sprint customers in search of a new downloading fix. It’s unclear at this point how many customers have actually made use of these offerings, but the transition from ISP-based Usenet to commercial Usenet access providers isn’t just about numbers — it’s also about the type of service users are getting from these companies, and the way this will shape their media downloading behavior.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in trying to shut down usenet because of "child porn" (actually found in 0.0003 percent of the 3.7 billion articles on usenet at any given time) Cuomo has actually kicked off a commercial boom which will result in even MORE downloading, much to the annoyance of the real motivators behind the Cuomo crack down, the RIAA and MPAA.

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