Tera News provides free uncensored, unlogged, NNTP news
server access to all newsgroups, including all of the binary newsgroups.
Want to try our servers without opening an account? Configure
your news client to use public.teranews.com with no user name or
password. You get full read access (no posting) to the same server,
but your download speeds will be capped at 128kbit.
And best of all, it's FREE*!!!
Yes, we are offering commercial quality Usenet news access
absolutely FREE*. If you like the server
and want full speed and the ability to post you can click on the
'Create Account' button to create your own account. We offer everything
from lifetime free accounts (one time 3.95 setup fee) to unlimited usenet
accounts for as little as $12/month (when bought in 6 month blocks).
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. Configure you news client to
connect to public.teranews.com, port 119 or 443. If you have a SSL enabled
news client (best option) you can use ports 563 or 80. By using SSL not
only will you data be encrypted, but your download speeds will be faster due
to data compression of the SSL tunnel.
There are many clients to choose from. There are two main types of
clients: news readers and binary downloaders. Windows Live Mail is
an example of a free news reader. XNews
is another good free news reader that will also decode
NewsBin Pro is an example of
a binary downloader that supports SSL.
Please note that Usenet newsgroups are uncensored public forums. We
have no control over what users of other servers posts. We expect
our users to behave in a mature and polite manner.