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Introduced Late 1980s
TLD type Specific organization domain
Status Deleted
Sponsor formerly NATO
Intended use NATO sites and operations

The domain .nato was a top-level domain in the Domain Name System (DNS) of the Internet. The domain was added in the late 1980s by the Network Information Center for the use of NATO, based on the representation that none of the then existing top-level domains (TLDs) adequately reflected their status as an international organization. Soon after this addition, however, Paul Mockapetris, the designer of the DNS, suggested to NATO representatives that nato.int would be a better choice.[1] The TLD .int was created for the use of international organizations, and NATO switch to using nato.int. Without use, the TLD nato was deleted in July 1996.


  1. ^ Shaw, Robert (September 2003). "History of the .int Top Level Domain" (PowerPoint). ITU-T Workshop to Develop a Recommendation to Clarify the Management of ".int". International Telecommunication Union.