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From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

         USErs' NETwork (Internet)

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

   /yoos'net/, /yooz?net/, n.
      [from ?Users' Network?; the original spelling was USENET, but the
      mixed-case form is now widely preferred] A distributed bboard (bulletin
      board) system supported mainly by Unix machines. Originally implemented in
      1979--1980 by Steve Bellovin, Jim Ellis, Tom Truscott, and Steve Daniel at
      Duke University and the University of North Carolina, it has swiftly grown
      to become international in scope and is now probably the largest
      decentralized information utility in existence. As of late 2002, it hosts
      over 100,000 newsgroups and an unguessably huge volume of new technical
      articles, news, discussion, chatter, and flamage every day (and that
      leaves out the graphics...).
      By the year the Internet hit the mainstream (1994) the original UUCP
      transport for Usenet was fading out of use ? almost all Usenet connections
      were over Internet links. A lot of newbies and journalists began to refer
      to ?Internet newsgroups? as though Usenet was and always had been just
      another Internet service. This ignorance greatly annoys experienced

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Usenet news
      /yoos'net/ or /yooz'net/ (Or "Usenet news", from
     "Users' Network") A distributed bulletin board system and
     the people who post and read articles thereon.  Originally
     implemented in 1979 - 1980 by Steve Bellovin, Jim Ellis, Tom
     Truscott and Steve Daniel at Duke University, and supported
     mainly by Unix machines, it swiftly grew to become
     international in scope and, before the advent of the web,
     probably the largest decentralised information utility in
     Usenet encompassed government agencies, universities, high
     schools, businesses of all sizes and home computers of all
     descriptions.  As of early 1993, it hosted over 1200
     newsgroups ("groups" for short) and an average of 40
     megabytes (the equivalent of several thousand paper pages) of
     new technical articles, news, discussion, chatter, and
     flamage every day.  By November 1999, the number of groups
     had grown to over 37,000.
     To join in, you need a Usenet provider
     (https://www.usenetstorm.com).  Originally you needed a news
     reader program but there are now several web gateways,
     cheifly http://groups.google.com/)">Google Groups (http://groups.google.com/)
     (originally Deja News).  Some web browsers used to include
     news readers and URLs beginning "news:" referred to Usenet
     Network News Transfer Protocol is a protocol used to
     transfer news articles between a news server and a news
     reader.  In the beginning, not all Usenet hosts were on the
     Internet.  The uucp protocol was sometimes used to
     transfer articles between servers, though this became
     increasingly rare with the spread of the Internet.
     [Gene Spafford , "What is Usenet?",
     regular posting to news:news.announce.newusers].

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