.net is a top-level domain, also known as a TLD. Originating from the word network, it was designed for companies associated with networking technology. However, today .net is one of the most widespread domain names utilized by companies all over the world.
A Brief History of .net
.net was one of the first top-level domains, along with .com .org .edu .gov and .mil. These domains were realized in January 1985.
Before the introduction of these TLDs, the internet was mostly managed by scientists and universities who used it for research and communication. But as the rest of the world started using the network, computerized communications became difficult to manage. At times, when mail requests became too heavy, people were asked to cease all activity on their connections.
There was an obvious need for a more organized system, so Jon Postel and his peers at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (USCIS) took action in an attempt to settle the chaos.
Postel and his colleagues at USCIS published RFC 920 in October of 1984. This publication outlined “the requirements of establishing a new domain in the ARPS-Internet and the DARPA research community”. This statement shaped the internet and set the stage for the coming of .net and five other top-level domains.
Fun Facts About .net
In 1985, a collective institutional collaboration of researchers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland known as the Nordic Infrastructure for Research and Education, registered the first .net domain address, www.nordu.net.
.net has the fifth largest zone base with 13.4 million domain name registrations.
In February 2007, the domain address www.realestate.net sold for an outstanding $300,000, making it one of the highest-paid .net domains.