Many ISPs provide free NNTP service, you may contact them for more information. If they don't offer it, or you find it lacking, you can find another. I paid a small one-time fee for 50gb (plenty of bandwidth for text-based) from . The site appears to be down at the moment. There are few such sites.
Not sure what you mean by "the people who make Usenet happen." There is no overarching Usenet server - it's a distributed network. Usenet consists entirely of the collection of NNTP servers, which cost money to provide.
On Sat, 04 Jan 2014 13:27:35 +1100, Sylvia Else Gave us:
Which used to be just another part of being a respectable service provider, and was just part of their CODB.
Nowadays, the govt and other pussified factions have conspired to end Usenet, so we see more and more nodes evaporating, especially among larger ISPs. Blame the retarded phone companies for horning in on the access, and then dumping the services we once enjoyed. The ops and maint is pennies compared to what the bastards drag in.
I don't believe registration is required. AFAICT, you can change your "address" at will (though your IP is tagged to your posts)
Yup. AIOE also limits number of groups to which you can post a particular message. Reasonable -- esp in light of folks who want to plaster their messages across every group they know of! (regardless of content/charter)
I will either insert newlines in these offending posts -- or, clip them at some insanely short line length (if you can't take the time to format your post, you shouldn't complain when someone "abbreviates" it!)
I much enjoy being able to work offline without being tethered to the news server as I fetch, read, reply to each message.
Sun got it wrong; the network is NOT the computer!