Octanews and Readfreenews have closed their doors for good.

November, 2012

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 investment.

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 sustained.

Seeing the writing on the wall, I stopped billing my direct Octanews customers in the fall of 2012 giving them their last months of service free.