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Usenet Newsgroups

Don't quote me, but from what I understand, Usenet newsgroups are rarely accessed by more than 10 to 15 percent of the average I.S.P.'s customers. So, why is such a rarely used service the most expensive to provide?

News Servers
News Servers, from the right
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News Server
News Servers, from the left
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A couple of reasons. First of all, unlike the web, the I.S.P. usually provides all the servers needed for a full Usenet feed, rather than a connection to someone else's servers. Secondly, those servers must absorb a Usenet feed from outside sources that currently exceeds 100 gigabytes per day. This requires some serious processing and storage power, which costs serious money. In fact, some I.S.P.'s, like MSN, are dropping Usenet entirely.

Empty Racks
Future News Farm?
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Other I.S.P.'s are upgrading to keep up with a Usenet feed which grows by leaps and bounds. If you were going to build a newer bigger news farm for today's Usenet load, it might fill these racks and cost well into seven figures.

Maybe someday I'll be able to add a picture that shows these racks filled with this new equipment. But for now, this concludes our Grey Line Bus Tour of the Information Superhighway. I hope you feel like you got your money's worth.

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