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sub-Netz e.V.: English summary
Almost weekly, we receive e-mail by English speaking people requesting informations about the sub-Netz, who we are, what we do, and wether the our domains are available for trade. In this text, I try to summarize the German contents of our web pages briefly.
Who we are
The sub-Netz e.V. is a registered non-profit organization, with the headquarter located in Karlsruhe, Germany. Our members live in the German-spoken regions of Europe, namely Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Our goals include the support of private persons and non-profit organizations in using network services, mainly e-mail and usenet news.
Since 1987, we provide e-mail access under the
The main principle of the sub-Netz has always been "Get a feed
and you are on". This means, the organization provides the
only the central infrastructure which is absolutely necessary (i.e.
domain name management, mail exchange gateway to the Internet, and
dial-in access for a few large sites). Almost all users were connected
not directly to the central gateway, but to any site which was still
part of the net. Mail routing was done via UUCP maps, maintained by
map managers, sorted by postcode of the site location. In order to
distribute the costs in a fair way to the members, all mail traffic
passing the central mail gateway was accounted; in addition,
reserving a domain name under our 2nd level domains,
Around 1995, the union was grown up to it's highest magnitude.
At the main gateway point in Karlsruhe, we had approx. 100
UUCP accounts and our central mail gateway,
Today, with the growing market for Internet access including POP3 e-mail accounts, the importance and influence of the sub-Netz is shrinking. Nethertheless, there is still a quite large community of people using UUCP e-mail and Usenet news exchange. As in the beginning, all our services today run on a single Unix machine which is located in the computing center of punkt.de GmbH, an Internet service provider in Karlsruhe, Germany. We also have no own dial-up infrastructure any more, but use UUCP over TCP.
Here is a brief summary of the services we offer:
A subdomain under
E-Mail and/or Usenet News feed: Our central machines can gate your e-mail and/or Usenet News articels between UUCP and SMTP/NNTP. You also need membership for this service, and any traffic exceeding the free contingency will be charged.
Connection over any other participant of the sub-Netz: You can connect yourself over any participiant of the network who is willing to do that. The contracting is subject to you and the participiant; the sub-Netz does not care for that. You even do not need to be a member.
Annual membership costs are EUR 24.- for normal persons, and EUR 12.- for pupils/students/etc.
What we do not offer
Webspace. Sometimes, people ask us for webspace in a subdirectory, e.g. www.sub.net/anything. We are not a webspace provider. If you need web pages under one of our domains, you can aquire a subdomain, e.g. subdomain.sub.org, to the conditions described above. There, you can run your own web server.
Domains. Our domain names sub.org, sub.net, and sub.de, are not for sale. Please do not email us about domain name trading.
If you need further assistance, e-mail to our contact address.