Bye bye Usenet
So I just got an email from my ISP (Charter) warning me they will no longer offer a Usenet server as of Dec 10. I read rec.games.roguelike.nethack very rarely and that's it, so mild annoyance on principle is about all I can muster. Nevertheless, it's a bit irritating because they suggested subscribers who still need it try one of the services on www.newsgroupreviews.com. Well, those all seem to cost $10/mo, and I'm pretty damn sure Charter isn't going to knock that much (or anything) off my bill when they do away with it. Of course the paid servers are probably way better than what I've been getting, but also way better than I have any use for.
So I'm left wondering two things: Does this have anything to do with the copyright crackdown US ISPs were apparently pushed into recently? And does anybody know a good free or very cheap Usenet service? (Not Google Groups)