Tera News provides free uncensored, unlogged, NNTP news server access to all newsgroups, including all of the binary newsgroups.

Update: Please add @teranews.com to the end of your user name in your news client config. The IP address of the servers have changed. Make sure you are using the host names, for example news.teranews.com and not the IP number. The recent IP change also has caused some authentication problems that should now be fixed. If your password is being rejected without a valid cause let us know.

New Unlimited Packages: We now offer unlimited accounts for $12/month (6 month plan) or $14.95 (monthly). Unlimited users get access to the same servers as normal accounts.

Free users are currently offline. There is no ETA on when they will be have access again

  • No censorship
  • No logging of your reading
  • No throttling of your download speed
  • Anonymous posting
  • Firewall counter measures

And best of all, it's FREE*!!!

Yes, we are offering commercial quality Usenet news access absolutely FREE*. Click on the 'Create Account' button to create your own free account ($3.95 one time setup fee) that allows posting or use public.teranews.com without an account (no posting & speed capped). You can use any standard news client you choose to read and post to any newsgroup. If you don't have a news client yet check out our NNTP client page.

What is Usenet?

Usenet is a world-wide distributed discussion system. It consists of a set of "newsgroups" with names that are classified hierarchically by subject. "Articles" or "messages" are "posted" to these newsgroups by people on computers with the appropriate software -- these articles are then broadcast to other interconnected computer systems via a wide variety of networks.

Taken from: What is Usenet FAQ.

How to get started?

To start enjoying this wonderful tool we call the Usenet you need a two things: a news client and a news server. Most people already have a news client installed on their computer and they just don't know it. Netscape and Internet Explorer both have a built in news client, but if you don't like the browser based clients have a look at our NNTP client page. Next you need a news server to read news from. That's not hard either, just create yourself an account on our server, nntp.teranews.com or free.teranews.com (50MB/day accounts).

You need to configure your news client to use your new Tera News account. Look for the 'news server' settings or preference panel. You will need to enter the server name, user name, and password. The server name is news.teranews.com or free.teranews.com (for 50MB/day users) and you picked your own user name and password during the account creation process. You may also have to select an option that says "My server requires a ". Save and exit the configuration panel and your news client should download a group list. It may take several minutes to download the group list as there are several thousand newsgroups available. Once it has completed you will be able to read articles. download files, and even post your own articles for others to read.