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This is where customers help each other get the most out of BT products & services.
Anything you post here does not go to BT. Although the forum is moderated by BT, not all posts are read.
Everyone posting here, are just BT customers like myself
As far as I am aware, that news server was closed some time ago.
Indeed, BT usenet groups and BT's news server finished in 2014. Eternal September is free but doesn't have binary groups.
Yep, got to agree, forums are not a patch on Usenet. But to the modern generation the Internet is the World Wide Web. Everything is done via a web browser, most have not heard of mail clients let alone newreaders.
May I check current advice and practice among Usenet consumers on a BT contract?
I understand from this thread that BT no longer maintain a Usenet server.
I have no interest in binaries or anything but text groups, but I would quite like a reasonable retention period and coverage.
The whole point of ISPs maintaining a news server was to keep the bandwidth local and provide free access. I presume BT felt it had no obligation because free access was now trivial elsewhere. I would not be pleased to have to pay.
Where do matters stand?
Not sure of the point of your question. As you have accurately stated, BT no longer provide a Usenet server and haven't done for a number of years. For text only groups, Eternal September provide a free service.