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VeriSign to Celebrate .COM’s 25th Birthday in March

25 years of .COM logoVeriSign have announced .COM will be celebrating its 25th birthday in March. In March 1985 the first .com domain was registered. There are now around 80 million.COM domains registered.As part of its celebrations, beginning in March 2010, VeriSign, the long-time operator of the .COM, will lead an industry-wide initiative to recognise the innovators and leaders that have shaped the first 25 years of .COM and in doing so transformed our economy and society. The celebration of “25 Years of .COM” will kick off with a policy-focused event in Washington, DC on March 16.In conjunction with that event, VeriSign will also announce the creation of four $75,000 research grants that will be awarded to those who show the most promise to shape the next 25 years of .COM.”In the past 25 years, the Internet has altered history and transformed lives around the globe. It has forever changed our relationships with the world around us by providing unprecedented access to people, places and information. The .COM celebration is about honoring the innovators who have gotten us to where we are today and recognizing those who will help shape the next 25 years,” said Mark McLaughlin, CEO, VeriSign. “Billions of times each day, VeriSign connects web sites and users, while helping to ensure the Internet revolution continues to unfold at its characteristically fast pace. We’re proud of the role that VeriSign plays in enabling the .com infrastructure and in the role that our registrars play in providing the crucial platform and access to .com every day.”For more information check out the VeriSign news release at:

VeriSign Increases Registry Fee for .COM and .NET Domains

VeriSign, the registry operator for .COM and .NET domain names announced this week that effective 1 July 2010 there will be an increase in registry domain name fees, effectively the wholesale price to registrars, for the Top Level Domains as per its agreements with ICANN.The increase will see the registry fee for .COM domains will increase from $6.86 to $7.34 and that the registry fee for .NET domain names will increase from $4.23 to $4.65.VeriSign has justified the increase on the economy and society becoming increasingly dependent on digital technology With this they say it is imperative that investment in the underlying infrastructure, including .COM and .NET, continue to keep pace with the robust growth of the Internet and ensure its continued security and reliability. Over the last decade, the volume of Internet traffic and domain name system (DNS) queries on VeriSign’s global infrastructure has increased from an average of approximately 2 billion queries per day in the year 2000 to more than 50 billion queries per day today while maintaining 100 percent operational accuracy and stability for the last eleven years.Over the next decade, VeriSign claims they will continue investment to build out the .COM and .NET infrastructures to manage the increasing demands on the infrastructure brought on by the proliferation of Internet-enabled phones and devices and the emergence of DNS-centric technologies and services. VeriSign also continues to scale and fortify the .com and .net infrastructures globally to defend against increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.To register your .COM or .NET domain names, check out Europe Registry here.