I followed Verizon's instructions for access to newsgroups.
Verizon's "support" people only know how to set up Outlook Express. They said, and I quote:
"We don't support READING news, only setting it up."
My problem is that news.verizon.net apparently requires authentication, and my Verizon credentials, which work for everything else, like PPPoE connections, POP3 and SMTP, do not work at news.verizon.net.
Verizon's "support" people say these credentials are the ones that work for news. Empirically, they do not work. Verizon has now left the universe.
Anyway, this is what news.verizon.net has had to say, for the last week or so:
$ telnet news.verizon.net 119 Trying 220.127.116.11... Connected to news.verizon.net. Escape character is '^]'.200 This connection requires username/password authentication. (Tornado Backend v18.104.22.1682) authinfo user ******** 381 More Authentication Required authinfo pass ******** 502 Authentication failed. Check your username & password.
As for the instruction "Check your username & password," they say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.