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Domain Names

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  • Generic Top Level Domain Names (gTLDs)
    • .com, .net, and .org are open to all people and entities on a global basis
    • .int is for international treaty organizations
    • .mil are for U.S. Government and military purposes
    • .edu is for U.S. universities
  • Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs)
    • This is an imprecise name since these include geographically distinct territories as well as countries
    • .uk, .jp, .fr, .it, etc
  • New Top Level Domain names
    • .info and .biz are open to people and entities on a global basis
    • .name and .pro are open to individuals
    • .museum, .aero, and .coop are specialized domain names

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