prodigy killed Usenet in 2001
I went to work for SBC, back in 1998, and my first assignment, was Usenet. I went to California, built a new news.pacbell.net... for a while... it was really fun!
saturating the first gigabit ethernet interfaces, with "usenet" traffic.
When they finally put an OC-12 between NorCal and SoCal... it got flooded with "usenet" traffic too.
I still have some e-mails and posts (flames)... from when I put the bandwidth limits on the server.
I think it's kinda ironic... in May 1998, I build news.pacbell.net... ran it for a while.
a decade later, as I resign from at&t, they kill Usenet.
The fellas in White Plains, killed it. Prodigy... ick!
It's a cost as far as at&t sees it... the don't/can't make money off it...
Sadly, in 2000, before I split out of the Usenet team... we were exploring a subscription (fee) based service offering, that didn't suck.
Just be happy, AT&T got rid of NCR, back in 1990... Otherwise, the 'new' at&t... would be CRa.P
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may your 1200 day uptime, be remembered, fondly.