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UK's Zen ISP to drop binaries & seek outsourcing

Postby chainmail » Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:11 am

Following a recent review of our services, we have decided that as of Friday 1st May 2009 we will no longer provide a binary news service. We will, however, continue to provide a text only service. This decision will not affect Web and e-mail services or streaming media content through services such as iTunes or BBC iPlayer.

We have seen enormous growth in the amount of data made available on Usenet each day which shows no sign of slowing. Our user levels, however, have fallen significantly because companies specialising in Usenet (News Services) offer a richer source of data with a retention period of up to 240 days. In order to provide a comparable service we would need to undertake a major storage upgrade which cannot be justified. Our aim therefore is to provide our customers with the best text based news service.

We are currently able to store data for five days. In March we will store four days, in April we will store three days. Rather than switch the service off with immediate effect, we have decided to do so gradually.

If you would like to continue to receive binary news, we are currently in negotiations with external news providers for all Zen Internet customers in 2009. We will keep you apprised of any developments.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please call our Customer Services team on 0845 058 9000 or e-mail

Kind regards,

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