Last week authorities seized sports betting domain name Bodog.com. The company was actually registered in Canada, but US authorities worked through VeriSign to get the job done. VeriSign is based in the United States and has the exclusive contract to manage several high profile top-level domain services. This decision might provide precedent for US authorities to seize the websites of rules violators regardless of where they are in the world. That is, of course, if they are using a domain registered with VeriSign or a similar United States group. Continue reading
Nearly six million domain names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of 2011, bringing the total number of registered domain names to more than 225 million worldwide, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published by VeriSign Inc. Continue reading
Over 32 million new domain registrations in .com and .net last year.
2011 set a record for new .com and .net domain registrations with over 32 million registration, VeriSign announced on its investor conference call:
In our Naming business, the base of registered names in .com and .net totaled approximately 113.8 million at the end of December. This represents an 8% increase year-over-year in the base and then approximately 2% increase quarter-over-quarter. In the fourth quarter, we added 1.9 million net names to the domain name base, and we processed 7.9 million new registrations, which is about a 4% increase over the same period a year ago. The fourth quarter was our strongest Q4 for new registrations on record. In fact, that’s true for each of the quarters in 2011, thus making it our strongest year for new registrations with over 32 million new registrations processed.
The Q3 2011 renewal rate was 73.3%.
There were 113.8 million combined domain names registered at the end of December. According to DomainTools, there are now over 100 million .com domains registered.