A generic top-level domain gTLD used on the Internet’s Domain Name System. The .net gTLD is currently operated by VeriSign.
Registrations are processed via accredited registrars and internationalized domain names are also accepted.
.net was one of the original top-level domains (despite not being mentioned in RFC 920), created in January 1985.
It was initially intended for use by network oriented entities such as Internet service providers.
Currently, there are no formal restrictions on who can register a .net domain name.
Therefore, while still popular with network operators, it is often treated as a second .com.
In addition to being an abbreviation for “network”, “net” is also a romanisation of the Russian word ??? (“no”, also commonly romanised as the more acoustically appropriate “nyet”), and a domain name like “object.net” can be interpreted as “there is no object”. Some domains exploit this pun, for example mozga.net (brain absent) or putina.net (there is no Vladimir Putin).