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What was the first registered domain name on the Internet?

a. Bbn.com

b. Symbolics.com

c. Nordu.net

d. Cern.ch

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Answer: The first domain name registered was Symbolics.com. It was registered March 15, 1985, to Symbolics Inc., a computer systems company in Cambridge, Mass.

It was not the first domain name created, however — that title goes to Nordu.net, a Scandinavian research collaboration, which created the domain Jan. 1, 1985. Nordu.net was used for the first root server (nic.nordu.net), according to DomainNameNews. However, once registration was permitted, Symbolics got in the door first.

The second domain name registered was Bbn.com, registered to BBN Technologies April 24, 1985.

The initial rounds of domain registration weren’t exactly a mad dash: By 1992, fewer than 15,000 .com domains had been registered. At the end of 2010, there were 205.3 million overall, according to VeriSign. And IPv6 is on deck.

Posted on Aug 04, 2011 at 9:39 AM


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