At its inception, accessing USENET was only possible through a dedicated client that used UNIX-to-UNIX copy protocol, or UUCP. Later refinements allowed access to newsgroups via network news transfer protocol, or NNTP, but connecting to USENET using either method means you have to use a program with newsreader capability. As the Web browser takes on more responsibilities, people are finding other ways to provide access to USENET newsgroups.
Think of it like this: There are many ways to make a phone call. One person may use a plain old telephone service (POTS) landline while another may use voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). Another may use a cell phone. All of these methods will establish a connection between you and the other party.
For the uninitiated, USENET newsgroups are similar to Web-based social networking forums found on social networking sites. Newsgroups are essentially discussion groups where users from all over the world can share their insight. Newsgroups usually come in text form with attachments encoded as binary files which require newsreader software to read them. What EasyNews does is provide a powerful and seamless way for users to access the millions of topics and discussions using a Web browser. If you prefer, however, you can use a newsreader program with EasyNews's NNTP server itself.
EasyNews is in competition with Internet service providers and other premium news services. Like any business providing customers a service, EasyNews has to make its services appealing and distinct. In the next section, you'll see some of those features as well as learn about what makes a USENET premium server what it is.