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Verizon Newsgroup Service Has Been Discontinued Newsgroups were initially developed as a text-based way to share information on the Internet. Today, demand for newsgroups is much lower, since most users have switched to more exciting ways of getting and sharing information via the Web, such as social networks, email and sites such as our Verizon Central Newsroom.

Because of the reduced demand for newsgroups, on September 30, 2009, Verizon discontinued its USENET newsgroup service. Subscribers will not be able to post or download material from the Verizon newsgroup service after this date.

INFORMATION ABOUT VERIZON'S ELIMINATION OF ITS NEWSGROUP SERVICE

  1. When did Verizon discontinue its newsgroup service?

  2. The service was discontinued on September 30, 2009.

  3. If I want to continue to access newsgroups, what are my options?

  4. There are several commercial newsgroup providers that you can consider. You may want to review some options at www.newsgroupreviews.com. The available content, posting policies, terms and prices (if applicable) will vary, so you should select the one that is right for you. If you elect to access a non-Verizon newsgroup service over the Verizon network, our Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy will still apply to your use of our Internet service.

  5. Are any changes to my software required?

  6. Yes. You will need to do two things. First, you will need to remove the verizon.net USENET newsgroup service from your newsreader software. Second, if you want to continue accessing newsgroups, you will need to configure your newsreader software to connect to your new newsgroup service. Follow your new service provider's instructions for accessing their newsgroup service.The following link explains how to unsubscribe to Newsgroups in Outlook Express:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/171190

  7. Will this change to the newsgroup service affect my Verizon Internet service?

  8. This change will not affect your ability to use your Verizon Internet service or other commercial newsgroup services, and there will not be any change to the price you pay for your Verizon High Speed Internet or Verizon FiOS Internet service.

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