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Central NetNews Service to Be Terminated on June 30, 2008
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April 22, 2008, Volume 54, No. 30

Penn’s NetNews service—first offered at the University more than 25 years ago—will be retired on June 30, 2008. Alerts about the retirement of the service were posted several months ago on web pages for the NetNews service and supported newsreaders, and sent to active news groups.

Over time, the use of the NetNews service has declined dramatically as alternatives such as blogs, wikis, web-based groups, and RSS subscriptions have proliferated. Costs, however, have leveled off.  While the service is still providing value to some users, given the existence of so many alternatives and recognizing the need to spend wisely on IT services, the decision was made to end the central NetNews service in June of this year.

Decisions to discontinue online services at Penn are considered carefully and are made with the broad input of  IT professional staff from ISC, the Schools, and the majority of the  University’s administrative areas. 

Together, this group considered a range of services and costs and made a set of decisions that they believe are in the University’s best interest.

For information about viable alternatives to the NetNews service, please visit www.upenn.edu/computing/help/doc/netnews/alternatives.html.

If you have questions about the termination of NetNews at Penn, please contact your Local Support Provider (LSP).

—Michael Palladino, Associate Vice President, Information Systems & Computing

 

 

 

Almanac - April 22, 2008, Volume 54, No. 30