What You Should Look for When Selecting a Usenet Provider
Completion, speed, number of newsgroups carried, retention, web interface, number of servers, unlimited downloads and quality of support are just a few of the things you should look for when shopping for a Usenet/newsgroup provider. For those of you who are not sure what each specific term refers to, here are short descriptions of each one of them.
Article (Message) Completion
The article completion rate, or just ‘completion’ is probably the most important criteria you should look at when selecting a provider. It basically means being able to find all the parts of a binary file that you need to be able to download and assemble the whole file. In Usenet, files are broken down into little chunks that need to be put together by the user (most newsreader handle this part now a days). The higher the completion rate, the better it is for you as a user, as you will be able to find most of the parts that make up the file you want to download and you will be able to reassemble it again and use it.
The price difference between Usenet providers who offer high completion and average completion is insignificant, usually only a few bucks a month which makes it infeasible to pay for service providers with mediocre completion rates. For example, Fast Usenet offers one of the best completion rates in the industry (over 99%) at a very affordable monthly price.
It is important for you as a user to not only find the articles you need but also to be able to download them as quickly as possible, no matter where you are in the world. This is the issue of speed, when reviewing newsgroup service providers.
For example, Fastusenet.org offers each user access to 50 simultaneous connections to servers that are geographically diverse which allows you to connect to the ones closest to you and thus achieve a much greater speed than with a provider, whose only servers are physically located far away from you (and it takes articles longer to propagate from the server to your machine). This helps you achieve lightning fast downloads, ensuring the articles you request are delivered as fast as your Internet connection allows it.
This item is important because it determines how much of the content you are looking for, you will be able to find on the servers of your Usenet provider. The more newsgroups they offer, the better it is for the user, as the chances they will have the newsgroups that interest you, are much higher. Plus, the variety of the newsgroups will be wider and you will find more topics that intrigue you. Fast Usenet offers more than 120,000 newsgroups for you to choose from. We most likely will have the ones you need and in the very rare cases when we don’t, you can easily request to have the newsgroup added.
Another very important criterion is the article retention rate offered by a Usenet provider. Retention refers to how long articles are being kept on the servers without being deleted. Fast Usenet some of the longest retention rates in the industry. We retain binaries for several years and text messages for up to a 5 years which will help you find older messages when you need them.