Usenet Companies and Backbones

What are the leading companies which provide Usenet services? 

The Usenet market is actually much more diverse than popular ideas would have you believe. Currently there are over 100 newsgroup providers on the market - and there is a large and varied number of News Service Providers that own their server, the others resell access to the Tier-1 providers. Resellers are quite common in the Usenet market.

A few large Usenet Service Providers and big companies with high-speed Internet connections and large servers are considered to be at the top of the hierarchy, called the Usenet backbone. There are 8 leading Usenet Service Companies, the backbones: UNS Holdings - Eweka - Tweaknews - UsenetExpress - Usenet.Farm - Base IP - XSnews - Vipernews. Very often, a backbone and a Tier-1 Provider are one and the same

  1. UNS HOLDINGS: UNS HOLDINGS is a major company, the biggest backbone. Company that owns 3 Tier-1 Providers (Newshosting - UsenetServer and Easynews) and sells packages for many Usenet Resellers (e.g. Newsgroupdirect or Newsdemon). UNS Holdings owns multiple servers in the US and Europe (Netherlands and Germany). UNS HOLDINGS follows DMCA policy

  2. EWEKA - Backbone and Tier-1 Provider: Eweka owns its network backbone and data centers. Dutch based Tier-1 Provider. Only Netherlands servers. Eweka follows NTD policy

  3. TWEAKNEWS - Backbone and Tier-1 Provider: Tweaknews owns its network backbone and data centers. Dutch based Tier-1 Provider. Only Netherlands servers. Tweaknews follows NTD policy

  4. USENETEXPRESS - Backbone and Tier-1 Provider: UsenetExpress is a US based Tier 1 usenet service provider. UsenetExpress follows DMCA policy

  5. USENET.FARM - Backbone and Tier-1 Provider: UsenetFarm is an independent Usenet provider (owns its network backbone and data center) with servers in the Netherlands. UsenetFarm follows NTD policy

  6. BASE IP: Base IP B.V. is a company and a bakbone that manages 9 Usenet resellers (e.g. ExtremeUsenet or Usenetbucket). BASE IP has servers locations in Holland.

  7. XSNEWS - Backbone and Tier-1 Provider: XSNews has their own backbone. XSNews is a Tier-1 Provider that sells packages directly and for 11 Usenet resellers (e.g. EasyUsenet)

  8. VIPERNEWS - Backbone and Tier-1 Provider: Small Dutch Usenet service. Vipernews is itself a backbone. Only NL servers. Vipernews follows NTD policy

Usenet Services Map

There are over 100+ Usenet providers that currently advertise their services on the internet. However, this list only covers Active Newsgroup Services that sell access to premium news servers. It’s important to pick a trusted Usenet provider!.

The following backbones, tier-1 providers and resellers won't be listed:

Those with dormant/non-updated websites.
Those with pricing far above normal market rates.
Those engaging in questionable practices when it comes to account sign ups and termination.
Those with lack of substantial technical evidence.

Here is our list of Usenet Newsgroup providers and the backbones for each:

UNS Holdings is a major player in the Usenet market. UNS Holdings is a major backbone and manages:

Tier-1 Providers: Newshosting, UsenetServer and Easynews. Newshosting, EasyNews and UsenetServer use the same backbone. But run on different NNTP architecture softwares. Tier-1 Providers currently offer 4000 days for binary. They provide Usenet newsgroup access for a long time. Top of our recommendations list

Usenet Resellers: UNS Holdings is the largest company offering Usenet through resellers. They can be divided into two categories: Premium Resellers (3985 days for binary retention - All 3 locations) and others Resellers (Less retention - They often give access to One server)

Premium Reseller: Newsdemon

Others Resellers: 5EuroUsenet - BlockNews - FastUsenet - FrugalUsenet - Iload - MaximumUsenet - Newsgroup.Ninja - TheCubeNet - Thundernews - Usenetnow

UNS follows DMCA for all three of its servers (US, NL, DE). Same takedown standards for their US & NL & DE operations

Eweka - Eweka is a Netherlands based Tier 1 usenet service provider. Eweka is itself a backbone. The most popular Dutch Tier-1 provider. Only Netherlands servers. Eweka is owned and operated by Eweka Internet Services. Eweka currently offers retention of up to 3960+ days for binary articles. Eweka is under Netherlands jurisdiction and subject to Dutch law. Eweka follows NTD. There are currently no known resellers for Eweka

TWEAKNEWS - Tweaknews is a Netherlands based Tier 1 usenet service provider. Tweaknews is itself a backbone. Only Netherlands servers. Tweaknews retention has been increased to 3400 days. Tweaknews is under Netherlands jurisdiction and subject to Dutch law. Tweaknews follows NTD. Tweaknews does not resell.

USENETEXPRESS - UsenetExpress is a US based Tier 1 usenet service provider. UsenetExpress is a Usenet provider with servers in the US. UsenetExpress have about 1100 days of retention. Great connectivity for American clients, and also useful as a fill/backup server. UsenetExpress follows DMCA. UsenetExpress does not resell.

USENET.FARM - Usenet.Farm is a Usenet Provider located in Amsterdam. UsenetFarm is a Usenet provider with servers in the Netherlands. Usenet.Farm currently offers retention up to 500+ days for binary articles. Great connectivity for European clients, and also useful as a fill/backup server. They are subject to NTD requests. Usenet.farm does not resell.

Base IP: Dutch based Usenet Service Company. Base IP is a Bulk provider. Tier-1 Provider that only offers its network via resellers. Base IP sells services to resellers who, in turn, provide access to end users. They do not provide news access subscriptions to individuals. Only Netherlands servers. Base-IP provides around 2000 days retention

BaseIP resellers: Extremeusenet - Usenetbucket - PureUsenet - XLned - SunnyUsenet - Usenet.Pro - Voordeligusenet - 123Usenet - MijnUsenet

XSNEWS: XSNews is well known in Dutch as a solid Tier-1 Usenet Provider. Only Netherlands servers. XSNews is under Netherlands jurisdiction and subject to Dutch law. XSNews follows NTD. XSNews sells packages directly and for resellers

XSNews resellers: EasyUsenet.Nl - Bulknews - Gebruikhet - I-Telligent - Newsconnection - Newsgrabber - NewsXS - UsenetDiscount - UsenetDiscounter

VIPERNEWS - Vipernews is a new tier-1 Usenet provider. Vipernews is itself a backbone. Vipernews is a dutch company. Only NL servers. Vipernews follows NTD takedowns. Vipernews has a very small retention time: 100 days. There are currently no known resellers for Vipernews.