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    .net VeriSign Domain Report Shows Criticality of .net
    posted by michael on Thursday September 16 2004, @01:56PM

    sforrest writes "Verisign's latest quarterly Domain Report has some interesting data relevant to the current selection process underway to choose the next operator of the .net registry. The report says .net is ranked fourth in the number of domain names registered, but "it remains an integral part of the Internet’s current functionality and operational efficiency." .net is the largest TLD by number of hosts, or machines connected to the Internet. More than 44 percent of hosts use .net. 31 percent of all web page views are dependent on the .net TLD for resolution. 32 percent of all business-to-consumer ecommerce – forecast at about $100 billion worth of business in 2004 - is dependent on the .net TLD for resolution. ICANN should keep that in mind as it selects the next operator of the .net registry. A selection that risks degrading the current performance and stability levels of the .net registry - risking damage to a significant part of the American economy - is unacceptable."


     
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