For the best part of the last two years, I've accessed Usenet news by running slrn on my dedicated server, hosted at ThePlanet in Dallas. The server 'news.theplanet.com' happily served me via NNTP.
Today, that's stopped, with a 'no permission' error. I think they may have dropped the service. I submitted a trouble ticket to find out, but I expect a reply "we no longer offer that service". It's getting really, really hard to find a free NNTP feed - something that used to be routinely provided by your ISP.
I like Usenet. I really, really don't want to have to use Google Groups to access it - I'll lose all the handy scoring features built into slrn and besides, web interfaces suck.
Anyone know of a way I can get free or low cost Usenet access via NNTP that's reliable? I don't subscribe to any binary groups, I just use rec.aviation.*, alt.sysadmin.recovery and a couple of uk.* groups (so I'd like the latter, some servers don't carry all country groups)