VeriSign released its quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB) on April 9, once again showing a steady rise in the total number of top-level domains (TLDs) on the Internet. The fourth-quarter DNIB reported that there are now 271 million domains registered across all TLDs.
TLDs include the popular .com and .net domains, both of which are administered by VeriSign under a contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce that was most recently renewed in 2012.
According to VeriSign, the .com and .net registries now include a combined 127.2 million registered domain names, with 112 million in .com and 15.2 million in .net. Year-over-year growth for the combined .com and .net domain space was reported at 5 percent.