|Introduced||1 January 1985; 37 years ago|
|TLD type||Generic top-level domain|
|Intended use||Network infrastructure|
|Actual use||ISPs; miscellaneous sites; used sometimes when desired name is not available in .com|
|Structure||Registrations at second level permitted|
|Documents||RFC 1591; ICANN registry agreement|
|Registry website||Verisign .net Registry|
The domain name net is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) used in the Domain Name System of the Internet. The name is derived from the word network, indicating it was originally intended for organizations involved in networking technologies, such as Internet service providers and other infrastructure companies. However, there are no official restrictions and the domain is now a general-purpose namespace. It is still popular with network operators and the advertising sector, and it is often treated as an alternative to .com.
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Verisign, the operator of net after acquiring Network Solutions, held an operations contract that expired on 30 June 2005. ICANN, the organization responsible for domain management, sought proposals from organizations to operate the domain upon expiration of the contract. Verisign regained the contract bid and secured its control over the net registry for another six years. On 30 June 2011, the contract with Verisign was automatically renewed for another six years. This is because of a resolution approved by the ICANN board, which states that renewal will be automatic as long as Verisign meets certain ICANN requirements. As of May 2022, Verisign continues to manage .net.
Net extension is the most preferred gTLD just after com. Total registered domain names with net extension are 13.4 million according to the Domain Name Industry Report published in March 2020, which publishes every quarter.
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- RFC 920, Domain Requirements, J. Postel, J. Reynolds, The Internet Society (October 1984)
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- ".net Domains Search on Verisign". Verisign. Archived from the original on 13 December 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
- How Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) Work, verisigninc.com
- "Verisign: The Domain Name Industry Brief March 2020" (PDF). Retrieved 13 May 2020.