Recently I have experienced an unusual situation while trying to download material from newsgroups with Newsleecher, using Giganews and Easynews. My IP is Verizon (as you know they no longer allow access to alt.binarites newsgroups on their system)and I have a 768kbs DSL "Lite" connection. In the past my download rates have been very stable, with little variation in speed no matter what I was downloading. Recently when I download folders from Giganews and Easynews, the rates fluctuate wildly- from 0 to over 290 kbs, cycling back and forth. What is more puzzling is that when I am simply downloading headers, the download rate becomes stable again at the 90kbs threshhold. Can anyone tell me what is going on here?