The newsgroup service I was using GreatNoWhere, has apparently gone to the GreatBeyond.
So I went to choice number 2. My ISP Time Warner and got this message:
"Time Warner Cable will be discontinuing its newsgroup service effective 06/23/2008."
They helpfully suggest three pay-for-service providers, whose monthly costs range from $20 to $35 a month. (Strangely enough they didn't offer to discount my monthly Internet fees by $20 to $35 a month.)

It seems that Andrew Cuomo found 88 newsgroups with objectionable material and got Verizon, Sprint and Time-Warner to cave in. (Time- Warner is the only one who caved-in completely.)
Why do I get the feeling that it was an "easy" decision (excuse) for Time-Warner?

June 10, 2008 12:09 PM PDT
N.Y. attorney general forces ISPs to curb Usenet access

(Update 6/12 11:40 a.m. Verizon has offered more details on what newsgroups will be removed. And here's background on whether or not Usenet is being blocked.)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that Verizon Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint would "shut down major sources of online child pornography."
What Cuomo didn't say is that his agreement with broadband providers means that they will broadly curb customers' access to Usenet the venerable pre-Web home of some 100,000 discussion groups, only a handful of which contain illegal material.
Time Warner Cable said it will cease to offer customers access to any Usenet newsgroups, a decision that will affect customers nationwide. Sprint said it would no longer offer any of the tens of thousands of alt.* Usenet newsgroups. Verizon's plan is to eliminate some "fairly broad newsgroup areas."
It's not quite the death of Usenet (which has been predicted, incorrectly, countless times). But if a politician can pressure three of the largest Internet providers into censorial acquiescence, it may only be a matter of time before smaller ones like Supernews, Giganews, and Usenet.com feel the squeeze.
Cuomo's office said it had "reviewed millions of pictures over several months" and found only "88 different newsgroups" containing child pornography.
"We are attacking this problem by working with Internet service providers to ensure they do not play host to this immoral business," Cuomo said in a statement released after a press conference in New York. "I call on all Internet service providers to follow their example and help deter the spread of online child porn."

That amounts to an odd claim: stopping the spread of child porn on a total of 88 newsgroups necessarily means coercing broadband providers to pull the plug on thousands of innocuous ones. Usenet's sprawling set of hierarchically arranged discussion areas include ones that go by names like sci.math, rec.motorcycles, and comp.os.linux.admin. It has been partially succeeded by mailing lists, message boards, and blogs; AOL stopped carrying Usenet in 2005, but AT&T still does.

Many of Usenet's discussion groups are scarcely different from discussions you might find on the Web at, say, Yahoo Groups. Because there's no central authority, however Usenet servers exchange messages in a cooperative, peer-to-peer manner politicians are more likely to look askance at the concept. (For that matter, so is the Recording Industry Association of America.)
It's true that of the three broadband providers Cuomo singled out, only Time Warner Cable will cease to offer Usenet. Sprint is cutting off the alt.* hierarchy, Usenet's largest, which will primarily affect its business customers. A Verizon spokesman said he didn't know details, saying "newsgroups that deal with scientific endeavors" will stick around but admitted that all of the alt.* hierarchy could be toast.
Yet Usenet's sprawling alt.* hierarchy contains tens of thousands of discussion groups one count says there are 18,408 of them including alt.adoption, alt.atheism, alt.gothic, and alt.tv.simpsons. Ditching all of those means eliminating perfectly legitimate conversations.

"The Internet service providers should not be blocking whole sections of the Internet, all Usenet groups, because there may be some illegal material buried somewhere," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU's technology and liberty program. "That's taking a sledgehammer to an ant."
For their part, the three broadband providers that Cuomo singled out on Tuesday said that it makes sense for them to curb Usenet.

"We're going to stop offering our subscribers newsgroups," said Alex Dudley, a spokesman for Time Warner Cable. "Some of the early press on this indicated we were going to block certain Web sites. We're not going to do that."
That was a reference to a New York Times article with the headline: "Net Providers to Block Sites With Child Sex." It said "the providers will also cut off access to Web sites that traffic in child pornography."
That is common practice in some countries. The French government and broadband providers have reportedly inked a deal to block Web sites with child porn, terrorist, and hate speech, for instance.

What Time Warner Cable will do, Dudley said, is remove illegal content on its network when alerted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. (This is already required by law, has been standard business practice for many years, and is not a change in policy.)
Verizon spokesman Eric Rabe said much the same thing: "We're not blocking any access to Web sites."
In the United States, the idea of blocking Web sites is not new. The state of Pennsylvania came up with that idea five years ago, and Internet providers took issue with it through a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Democracy and Technology.
The Pennsylvania statute said "an Internet service provider shall remove or disable access to child pornography...accessible through its service" within five business days after the attorney general notified them of its existence.
A federal judge in Philadelphia overturned that law on First Amendment grounds, ruling that it constituted a "prior restraint on protected expression" and that its "extraterritorial effect violates the dormant Commerce Clause" of the U.S. Constitution.
New York's attorney general surely knows about that precedent. That is probably why he settled for strong-arming broadband providers into curbing Usenet perhaps with the threat of a press conference that would all but accuse the providers of trafficking in child porn instead of the far more difficult process of defending a law requiring them to curb Usenet.
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YES, YES, YES!
YES, YES, YES!

Found another newsgroup provider, Pinky.
And, yes, by the time you read this you'll be back at Camp Paulo Killfile.
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YES, YES, YES!

Found another newsgroup provider, Pinky. And, yes, by the time you read this you'll be back at Camp Paulo Killfile.

Well, thank you. Apparently, at this point anyhow, Charter's news server provider (Winward-Media) isn't allowing me to post on misc.writing.screenplays.moderated but I can still post on non-moderated newsgroups.
Might be time to move to our old friend and sorry if this is a duplicate message news.individual.net (www.individual.net). 10 Euros a year text-only newsgroups (so they shouldn't get in trouble for binary downloads).

RonB
"There's a story there...somewhere"
YES, YES, YES!

Found another newsgroup provider, Pinky.

I never switched. But poor Anonymous Mary. This could curtail her alt. stalking career and the physical threats issued across Usenet by writers for childrens' programming.
Music to mah ears.
And, yes, by the time you read this you'll be back at Camp Paulo Killfile.

No prob. Killfile me. But make sure to read the porn.
Found another newsgroup provider, Pinky. And, yes, by the time you read this you'll be back at Camp Paulo Killfile.

Well, thank you. Apparently, at this point anyhow, Charter's news server provider (Winward-Media) isn't allowing me to post on misc.writing.screenplays.moderated ... message news.individual.net (www.individual.net). 10 Euros a year text-only newsgroups (so they shouldn't get in trouble for binary downloads).

http://news.aioe.org /
Limits you to 25 posts a day. That's enough. Sign up is easy. There isn't any.
Amazing that Time-Warner can't strip the images, and still allow newsgroup access, isn't it?
That crap they were so worried about is also on the Internet. So what's next for Time-Warner, cut access to ALL the Internet?

Looks like they were looking for any excuse to dump newsgroup access.
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And the "hate speech."
Looks like they were looking for any excuse to dump newsgroup access.

Well, if Time-Warner was like Charter, they farmed out their newsgroup access so dropping them may have been immediate savings for them.

I'll bet your Internet Service rate goes down, too. (Like the price of gas drops whenever the price of crude goes down!)

RonB
"There's a story there...somewhere"
Might be time to move to our old friend and sorry if this is a duplicate message news.individual.net (www.individual.net). 10 Euros a year text-only newsgroups (so they shouldn't get in trouble for binary downloads).

I signed up for a free, two-week trial (read only) to see if they still provide MWSM. They do, and they download fast something I haven't been used to lately. 10 Euros a year and they take PayPal now. (And no automatic, renewal like they had when they first went to a fee system.) According to them, they remind you "in plenty of time" before your account expires.
Looks like the way to go.
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