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ThunderNews Reaches 1500 Days Binary Retention
September 24th, 2012

ThunderNews has reached yet another milestone: 1,500 days of binary retention! We expect retention to continue to grow over time as we strive to bring our customers the very best Usenet newsgroup experience.

If you’re already a member, congratulations, you already have access to the higher retention and your monthly rates won’t increase at all. If you’re not already a member, simply sign up and you’ll get access as well. And, again, no price increase!

So what exactly does this mean? Our customers can access articles that are over four years old! It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a ThunderNews customer. Whether you’ve been around a while or just signed up today, you can access articles that are 1,500 days old.

We are a premier Usenet newsgroup provider and we’re proud of hitting yet another benchmark in providing that service to our customers. Users enjoy ultra-fast access and the added retention means even greater service for our customers.


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Verizon Set to Offer 300Mbps FiOS Residential Internet
May 25th, 2012

Verizon is preparing to allow FiOS subscribers to pick from new Internet packages, one of which allows download speeds up to 300Mbps (65Mbps upload speed) The entry level 15Mbps (5Mbps upload speed) remains unchanged from previous offering, but speeds get higher for every subsequent tier. Users will also choose from 50Mbps (25Mbps upload), 75Mbps (35Mbps upload), and 150Mbps (65Mbps upload).

The higher speeds are intended to meet demands as consumers gravitate towards video streaming services and others that require a high bandwidth for optimal use. The company also points to the growing number of Internet connections per household, and the tendency for more than one Internet connection to be in use at once.

Verizon notes that their entry level 15/5 package will still work for customers who have only a couple of connections, while the middle road 75/35 package may better suit customers who like to stream HD movies and play online video games. For those with lots of connections—i.e. five or more—the 150/65 and 300/65 packages are recommended.

In a statement, Verizon Chief Marketing Officer Mike Ritter pointed to the superiority of the new FiOS speeds. “Our top FiOS speed will be twice as fast as anything America has ever seen.” He goes on to note that high-speed Internet now serves more than just the tech savvy, and the convenience that higher speeds offer to customers who stream video in peak-usage hours.

Usenet users are among the most tech savvy. The high speeds allow faster access to Usenet, as well as other material accessed over the Internet. Usenet predates the World Wide Web, and users have seen tremendous change in connection speed through the years. The latest advancement represents another step in the ever-increasing connection speed offered by ISPs.


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Windows 8 Offers a Developer Preview For USENET Subscribers
September 16th, 2011

If you’re curious what Windows 8 will be all about, Microsoft has announced on USENET newsgroups that it is now offering a Developer Preview of the operating system at its current stage of development. It’s a pre-beta version and while it is designed for developers, it’s available for anybody to download without registering.

It’s available in three packages. Choose from a 64-bit version with developer tools, a 64-bit version of only the OS, and a 32-bit version of the OS. They come as ISO files, and as each package is a few gigabytes, you’ll want to use a DVD if you’re looking to burn them to a disc.

As for the OS itself, it’s said to re-imagine what Windows is. “Things are a lot different than they were three years ago in computing,” said Steven Sinofsky, who heads Windows and Windows Live. “And they’re a lot, lot different than they were in, say, 1995, the last time Windows went through a pretty significant and bold overhaul.”

Windows 8 was designed as a touch-first system and Sinofsky expects that touch screen PCs will become more popular when the new OS is released and grows more popular. “I promise you,” Sinofsky said, “the minute you use a touch device with Windows 8, the moment you go back to your laptop or desktop, you’ll have fingerprints all over your screen.”

Other key features of the new Windows OS include the use of less memory than Windows 7, but the continued support of Windows 7. It also features full USB 3.0 support. The user interface will use hardware-accelerated graphics, too.

As Windows goes through another overhaul and is ‘re-imagined’ in the latest release, Usenet continues to be a useful tool for those wishing to share information, ideas and announce new innovations and projects among the tech savvy. Providers like Thundernews, who offer fast connections, high rates of retention and a large number of connections, continue to provide excellent, premium service as Usenet stays strong through waves and waves of technological advances. Usenet preceded the internet and has seen operating systems come and go, and remains a useful tool for discussing different topics in the vast array of newsgroups.

 


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ThunderNews: 860+ Day Binary Retention Increase On Newsgroups
February 21st, 2011

Always striving to offer customers a superior USENET service experience, premium USENET access provider ThunderNews.com now has now reached 860 days of binary retention and continues to expand.

As part of ongoing enhancements to ThunderNews.com services, the new increase in retention to 860 days joins a host of other features ThunderNews.com has recently included as part of their newsgroup services offerings.

The new increase in binary retention now allows customers to access articles more than two years old. The 860 day binary retention increase is automatically available to all existing and new customers without any additional charges.

The rate of retention, especially for binary, is one of the most crucial to many newsgroup subscribers as they are able to research, access and discuss articles that are older than 860 days.

Other exciting features in the works from ThunderNews.com are also soon to be announced.

ThunderNews.com offers premium USENET access to thousands of uncensored newsgroups at lightning speed throughout the US and European regions.


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Thundernews Black Friday Special Update
November 25th, 2010

Currently new customers who are signing up for our Black Friday special are  receiving a message that states that it will only last for 3 months.

The Black Friday special pricing is indeed for the LIFETIME of the account. All those who sign up for any of our monthly plans on our special Black Friday page, the limited time price will be rebilled at the same special price for the LIFETIME of account.

We are currently working on the removing  the error that states that the special will only be valid for three months at checkout. Please feel free to contact our support team with any other questions you may have.

Thank you and Happy Holidays from all of us at ThunderNews.com

UPDATE: We are experiencing an incredibly HEAVY traffic surge and as a result, some users may have some difficulty accessing the site at first. Please be patient as we work with to accommodate all of our visitors! Thank you in advance for your patience!


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Cox Communications and Atlantic Broadband Discontinue Usenet Access
April 27th, 2010

With recent news that both Atlantic Broadband and Cox Communications are dropping USENET access for customers, ThunderNews has responded with 20% discounts for all former customers of the Usenet Newsgroup access providers.

Cox Communications recently announced that they will discontinue Usenet access to customers by June 30th. Coincidentally, ISP Atlantic Broadband is also discontinuing Usenet Newsgroup access to its customers all along the east coast of the United States.

With the rising costs of offering and maintaining Usenet newsgroup servers, both companies have long offered the service as part of their online packages. Unable to continue providing access, both Internet Service Providers have made June cutoff date announcements.

ThunderNews welcomes all customers of both Altantic Broadband and Cox Communications. Details and coupon code of the special are available on our website. The current special is applicable to all monthly plans and only available for a limited time.

ThunderNews offers lightning speed access to over 106,000 active Usenet newsgroups with over 600 days of binary retention and still growing daily. With servers in both the United States and Europe, ThunderNews offers 50 simultaneous connections and a free newsreader with any monthly subscription.


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ThunderNews extends USENET Status Updates to Social Networks
December 11th, 2009

ThunderNews.com, a leading provider of Usenet, has announced today that it will extend its services updates to include Facebook and Twitter. The two social networks will provide an additional channel to communicate to members as well as offer real-time updates.

These social network channels will solely be used to announce and follow up on general service upgrades and features.  For all other means of support, we encourage all ThunderNews members to utilize our 24/7 customer support section.

For years, ThunderNews.com has provided lightning fast USENET access to both the US and EU regions. ThunderNews.com is a leader in being a reliable USENET access provider with outstanding retention to over 100,000 newsgroups supported. ThunderNews is one of the few USENET providers who have extended service to the social network world.

“The core of our business is our excellent customer service. We believe we can help serve more of our members by providing another way for our members to get updates on our services through social networks. “ said Alexander Stewart, Communications Manager for ThunderNews.com.

You can follow ThunderNews on Facebook and/or follow ThunderNews on Twitter. These social networks will keep you in touch with what’s going on with current and future upgrades and notifications.

Do you have another social network that you think ThunderNews.com should consider? Leave a comment and let us know!


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Verizon Offers Free High-Speed DSL For 6 Months
November 17th, 2009

The ISP is offering big incentives toonline users who make a switch to Verizon’s High Speed Internet. Verizon plans to offer free DSL to its customers during the holiday season.

After dropping its provided USENET access and then losing 137,000 DSL customers earlier this year, Verizon is looking to earn back its business. New 1Mbps to 7Mbps DSL customers who are willing to sign a one year contract are awarded a free six months of DSL access.

Effective to January 16th, 2010, customers who sign up for the deal also receive a free modem and an additional $5 bonus.

In the press release, the company has announced a triple-play bundle offer, which includes up-to- 3 or 7.1 Mbps HSI service, DIRECTV PLUS DVR package and Freedom Essentials for just $70 per month for the first six months. The 3 Mbps and 7.1 Mbps packages being offered by Verizon also include free access to thousands of company’s Wi-Fi hot spots around the country, including various retail and high-traffic locations. None of these plans or offers includes USENET access as it did once upon a time.

With AT&T sneaking close behind by offering huge rebates and no contracts with it’s expanding UVerse service, who coincidentally also saw a sharp drop in customers after dropping USENET access, expect much more competition between ISP’s. With other companies focused on metering bandwidth, it should draw out to be an interesting 2010 on who ends up with the larger share of the DSL/Broadband market.


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Verizon Eliminates USENET Newsgroup Access
September 2nd, 2009

Verizon announced this week it would cease to provide newsgroup access to its customers.

Verizon is the latest ISP that has dropped USENET access to its customers. Since last year, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T have also discontinued USENET newsgroup access.

We invite all Verizon customers who wish to continue USENET newsgroup access to join Thundernews.

We are currently providing 20% off all Verizon members on any of our subscription plans. The discount is applicable to the lifetime of any of the subscription newsgroup access plans available.

Use the following coupon code at checkout: tn20tvs
Verizon had previously discontinued support of many newsgroups late last year. Notices were emailed to customers earlier this week announcing the discontinuation of Verizon newsgroup access.


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Discount for Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon and Sprint Customers
June 25th, 2008

ThunderNews is pleased to offer customers of Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon and Sprint the opportunity to upgrade to premium Usenet access at a 20% permanent discount on the monthly plan of your choice. Replace their service with ours and get long rentetion, great completion rates, excellent support and the option of SSL encrypted connections.

Join Now! and use discount code tn20tvs


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