I am a user on EFnet Chat Network and I have been encouraged by other users and opers of EFnet to enquire if any UK/EU ISPs would be interested in sponsoring me to run an IRCd (IRC Server) on EFnet, or if you would run and admin one yourself.
EFnet is the modern-day descendant of the original IRC network. Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, is a real-time chat system, connecting clients on many different servers. People can talk to eachother one on one, or in a more public environment in channels (think CB radios)… EFnet is a large irc network with approximately 50 servers connected together in a branching tree configuration. Further questions regarding EFnet can be found here: http://www.efnet.org/?module=docs&doc=24&type=html
We already have one UK IRC Server “efnet.demon.co.uk” (Which has been around since about 1997) and many more EU IRC Servers. But we would like to see many more UK/EU Servers linked to EFnet in the near future.
The EU application form is located here: http://efnet.info/?module=docs&doc=18&type=text If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thanks, I hope to hear from you in the near future.
I emailed a few well known ISPs (clara.net, energis.com, blueyonder.co.uk, ntl.com, nildram.net, plus.net, eclipse.net.uk, londonlink.net, zen.co.uk, tiscali.co.uk) with no (or little) responce. One responce follows:
Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately at this time we are unable to sponsor such a venture.
I am think I should try approaching nocs and datacentres instead...
I was wondering if its was worth it, and/or if anyone else from the UK would be willing to give me a hand...