Years ago (well, a century at least) I was using newsgroups almost religiously for some technical and programming stuff. Of course, back then I didn't even dare to dream about binary groups because dialup speed and a pay-per-minute ISP reduced this to wishful thinking at best. So I have a general knowledge of the Usenet but no experience with binary groups - and today's variety of commercial news servers. On to my questions:
Are completion rates a real issue (in general or with certain providers) or can this often advertised <1% be neglected?
Many providers offer multiple connection up to 20. That's a ridiculously high value in my opinion or is is needed because the quality of connection is THAT bad?
I don't mind paying $15-20 (€10-15) for a good unlimited Usenet server as long as I can a) pay by PayPal or a simple bank transfer and b) have at least one European server to choose from. Speeds must be fine for my 5MBit home connection, anything faster will certainly be appreciated because of my faster connection at work. Does anyone know a provider that fits this profile?