AOL Pulls Plug on Newsgroup Service
Opinion: When AOL turns off its newsgroup servers, it will sever subscribers from the thousands of discussion groups that make up Usenet.The worlds largest ISP is cutting off direct access to one of the oldest, coolestand strangestparts of the Internet. America Online has quietly announced that it will discontinue providing member access to Usenet newsgroups next month. In recent days, AOL subscribers who access keyword "Newsgroups" are greeted with a pop-up message informing them of the change: "Please Note: The AOL Newsgroup service will be discontinued in early 2005."
According to a notice on AOLs Web site, the newsgroup shut-off will occur in February, severing subscribers from the thousands of discussion groups that make up Usenet.