Octanews and Readfreenews have closed their doors for good.
This is a bittersweet time for me. For the first time since the early
1990s I am not running a Usenet news server.
Octanews began in 2004 with high hopes and a very large personal
It provided Usenet news to both independent Octanews
customers, VISI.com, and ipHouse customers.
As the years passed Octanews
was unable to compete with larger players for the ever shrinking Usenet
news pie. It was operating at a loss, a loss that can no longer be
Seeing the writing on the wall, I stopped billing my
direct Octanews customers in the fall of 2012 giving them their last months of