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Comcast has become the latest ISP to shut down access to Usenet newsgroups as part of a voluntary agreement to try and fight child porn online. Users of the ISP giant found themselves unable to access Comcast’s newsgroups over the weekend, and the company has posted a notice on its web site saying that its newsgroup service has been discontinued.
Comcast, along with 17 other cable providers across the US, first announced that it would no longer offer Usenet access to subscribers in July of this year. The voluntary measures were part of an agreement among the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) in order to take part in an “industry-wide attack on child pornography.”