You have access to two usenet servers:
news.ripco.com is operated by Ripco and contains only text groups. The news2.ripco.com server is provided by Giganews and carries all binary groups besides the text groups. (otherwise known as a "full feed")
The news2 server will only be available through 12/15/09 and has a 5GB limit per user, per month limit.
Either server can be used from the Ripco dialup or from any broadband (dsl/cable) provider directly.
Both servers require authentication which must be provided as "firstname.lastname@example.org" (no quotes) and your password.
Both servers only work on port 119 and once authenticated you will be granted both read and post permissions.
You must have a shell account or higher to use either service, popmail only accounts will not authenticate properly.
To access either news server you will need a newsreader for your computer. Generally they all follow the same configuration, after selecting "create a new account", you simply enter the server name to use (news.ripco.com or news2.ripco.com), check any boxes or selections for "this server requires a login to use" then enter your username appended with @ripco.com and the password. Use the default port setting of 119.