Am contemplating Verizon dsl. My current dial-up ISP provides well over 100K newsgroups. Using dial up, is there a list I can get to to see what groups Verizon offers? Or, can someone tell me how many groups they offer and how amenable they are to requests to add groups. I know there are Verizon groups, but I suspect I have to have the service before I can access those groups. If it matters, I am in area code 757 TIA Roy VirginiaNewsSource.com
A VERY informative site, well worth reading in its entirety for any Verizon DSL Customer. From the site... "If you Outlook Express has finished downloading about 35000 newsgroups available on the Verizon NNTP server, you can now subscribe to the newsgroups you're interested in."
I'm currently seeing nearly 30,000 groups on the Verizon Newsservers.
There are other providers that may have a higher *total* number of newsgroups but the things that matter are *completeness* and
*retention*. What goos is having 60,000 newsgroups if half of the posts are missing or are only around for less than a day?
That said, I'm pretty staisfied with my newsgroup experience at Verizon. My subscribed newsgroups are almost *all* text only groups. I'm not a big binaries person but others have praised Verizon for having excellent completeness and better than average retention.
One longstanding issue is bandwidth saturation during busy hours (mostly evenings). The two server farms (one in DC one in NY) are currently saturating their *GIGABIT* newtorks during busy hours.
The news admins (Rick and Jeremy, really excellent guys BTW!!) have requested additional bandwidth. We'll see if their request is granted.
Final disclaimer - While I am a Verizon Online subscriber, I am also a Verizon employee. My comments are my personal observations as a subscriber and are not to be construed as company policy.