Starting April 1st (and no, this isn't an April Fools joke) we will be migrating our IRC Servers from the current dedicated solution to using alternative servers.
We're currently looking towards using FreeNode to host our channel (among various other channels on the server). If you have a populated channel (which there are only a few) we will sign up a channel for you on the new server using your current channel password.
You won't have to worry about any changes, we'll be changing our dns records on irc.undergroundnews.net (which controls both the .com and .org) to cname to freenode's round robin address so you'll automatically connect there when the time comes.
If you have any questions or suggestions, feel more than free to post them here.