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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, restrictions were never enforced 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. net is one of the original top-level domains (the other six being com, org, edu, gov, mil, and arpa) despite not being mentioned in RFC 920, having been created in January 1985. As of 2015, it is the fourth most popular top-level domain, after .com, .tk and .de.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.Registrations are processed via accredited registrars and internationalized domain names are also accepted.
{{TLD| |logo = Net Logo.jpeg |status = Active |manager = [[Verisign]] |country = International |stringcontention = |registrations = 14.8 million |registryprovider = [[Verisign]] |date = |type = 1985 |community = |keypeople = [[Jon Postel]], Original creator }} '''.net''' is a [[gTLD|generic top-level domain]] in the Internet [[DNS|Domain Name System]] managed and operated by [[Verisign]], a recognized leader in internet security and performance structure.[http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/products-and-services/domain-name-services/registry-services/net-domain-names/index.xhtml VeriSign] At present, .net is the world's third most-registered [[TLD|top-level domain]], with Germany's [[ccTLD]], [[.de]], in second place.[http://www.verisigninc.com/assets/domain-name-report-feb-2011.pdf The Domain Name Industry Brief][https://icannwiki.org/Domain_Statistics DomainStatistics, ICANNWiki.com][http://www.denic.de/ DENIC.de] Verisign has been running [[.com]] and .net with 100% operational accuracy and stability for more than 15 years.[http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/why-verisign/education-center/domain-names/index.xhtml Domain Names, VerisignInc.com] By the end of quarter 2 of 2012, Verisign had 240 million domain names over all of the TLDs it operates, with .com and .net holding 49% of the TLD market share, a drop of 2% from quarter 1.[http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/146666/verisigns-dropping-com-and-net-is-a-troubling-trend/2012-10-03 Verisign’s Dropping .com And .net Is A Troubling Trend, trefis.com] ===History=== .net was originally intended for internet-referential purposes, though there are no current restrictions limiting it to certain entities. It was introduced in 1985 by [[IANA]], which is responsible for the overall coordination and management of the DNS; the organization was led by [[Jon Postel]] at the time. On January 28, 1986, the entities overseeing the DNS met and restructured its makeup to correspond to 8 TLDs, including .net, the others are: [[.gov]] (government), [[.edu ]] (American higher education), [[.mil]] (American military), [[.org]] (organization), [[.int]] (international, specifically NATO relations), [[.com]] (commercial purposes), [[.bitnet]] (computers on the BITNET network).[http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc920#page-2 RFC 920][http://www.livinginternet.com/i/iw_dns_name.htm IW DNS name, LivingInternet.com] [[ICANN]] approved [[Verisign]]'s application to be the registry operator of the .net top-level domain name on May 25, 2001.[http://www.icann.org/en/tlds/agreements/verisign/net-index.htm ICANN] The .net agreement was most recently renewed in June, 2011, for another 6 years. It was a presumptive renewal given that Verisign only had to prove that it was meeting certain criteria to receive approval.[http://www.thedomains.com/2011/06/23/icann-approves-the-renewal-of-net-contract-with-verisign/ ICANN Approves The Renewal of Net Contract with Verisign, TheDomains.com] ===U.S. Seizures of Domain Names=== The U.S. government has stated that because .net's registry operator, Verisign, is based in the United States, it has the right to seize any .net domain names at any time. The government goes straight to the registry in cases where the domain name is foreign, as foreign registrars are not required to comply with U.S. law. By early 2012, the government had seized 750 domain names like this, most registered through foreign registrars. Usually, the domain names are redirected at the [[DNS]] level to a U.S. government IP address that informs visitors that the site has been seized. Recently Bodog.com was targeted because federal law in the United States makes it illegal to offer online sports wagering and to payoff online bets, although online gambling isn’t illegal globally. The domain name was registered through a Canadian registrar, but the United States closed the site without any intervention from Canadian authorities or companies.[http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/feds-seize-foreign-sites/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=twitterclickthru Uncle Sam: If It Ends in .Com, It’s .Seizable, wired.com] ==References== {{reflist}} [[Category: TLD]] [[Category:TLDs with Registry Agreements|net]]

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VeriSign, Inc.
12062 Bluemont Way
Reston, VA 20190
+1 703 948 3200
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