News, Notes, and Items of Interest
First (of four) shades of Black Friday
50% off block accounts - $10 for 500G  Posted on Nov 3, 2017 12:00 -0400

In the spirit of the Black Friday, we’ll be running specials each Friday in November. This week we’re offering our block accounts at 50% off. Offer is over on 11/9/2017.

Coupon code 50FridayBlock

Grab one now!

Local retention expanded again. Expect ~90 days.
Woot! Let it grow.  Posted on Sep 20, 2017 12:00 -0400
We just finished installing additional spool capacity, taking our local retention up to ~90 days. The space is filling, so we’ll have to watch to see where exactly it lands. We estimate around 90 days at this point. Additional upgrades are planned, so check back for future updates.
Local retention expanded to 45 days.
The more the merrier!  Posted on Aug 15, 2017 12:00 -0400

Hello everyone. We’ve expanded our local retention to 45 days! With this upgrade we’ll be servicing around 60% of the articles you read “on-net”. The remaining older articles we’ll pull from our partners.

Changed default SSL cipher
AES128 is preferred as the default cipher  Posted on Apr 20, 2017 12:18 -0400

Shortly after we started offering service we had a few customers comment that our SSL speeds were a bit slower than their last provider. After researching the cause we noticed that a lot of providers default for much lower encryption (RC4-MD5) than we were using (AES256). Most people would agree that AES256 is a bit overkill for NNTPS, so we decided to lower our default cipher to AES128. After a few changes to our front-end server code we added the ability to offer the available ciphers by preference.

Current cipher list in order of preference:


As you can see, we still fully support AES256. Changing the default cipher will speed up our SSL connections and customers wanting AES256 can still select that by configuring their usenet client to request the stronger cipher. Should be a win/win for everyone!

New Usenet provider in 2017?
Less consolidation!  Posted on Mar 31, 2017 12:00 -0500

As we’ve developed and tested the UsenetExpress back end systems over the last few months, one question has come up multiple times from colleagues we’ve enlisted to help test. “Usenet is still around and you’re starting a new company providing Usenet service?“. Well, we all know that Usenet is still alive and kicking… and we feel that it’s a great time to start a new service!

I was the founder of a Usenet provider back in the early 2000s that grew into one of the largest providers at the time. The company was sold in 2006 and has continued to grow and flourish. Unfortunately the Usenet industry has had massive consolidation over the last ten years. Only a handful of companies own or control most of Usenet and I think most would agree this isn’t ideal for the industry. We’d like to offer an alternative to the current providers and do our part to make Usenet a little less consolidated.