Verizon has announced that they will be stopping access to tens of thousands of Usenet discussion areas including the very popular alt.* groups that have been around since the late 1980s.
Verizon spokesman Eric Rabe said only a select few newsgroups/discussion groups would be offered to customers going into the future. It appears the decision is in response to political "strong-arming" from New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo who wants strong restrictions on all newsgroups.
Cuomo added that his office had found child porn on at least 88 newsgroups, although that percentage is tiny compared to the over 90,000 newsgroups that exist. "We are attacking this problem by working with Internet service providers...I commend the companies that have stepped up today to embrace a new standard of responsibility, which should serve as a model for the entire industry," read a press statement from Cuomo's office.
It is not just Verizon. Roadrunner has also shut down their news servers. and I for one do not believe the crap about child porn. This is a move by the media corporations to deal with content pirates, and as usual, unable to find the criminals, they instead punish us all!
Even this article admits that they only found child porn (planted?) on 88 newsgroups out of 90,000, but that is still "justification" to shut the whole usenet system down?
Anyone have any decent usenet servers operating outside the dictatorship of the United States, please send them along. I miss alt.food.recipes