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What does .net stand for?

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The .net domain is derived from the word "network," as the .net suffix was intended for use by networking organizations, and primarily Internet services providers. Due to a lack of enforcement of those original guidelines, the .net domain is now in general use.

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Many early .net sites were built as an alternative to the .com domain of the same name that had already been claimed; this prompted most businesses to purchase both domain names to avoid customer confusion. Domains such as .net are developed for a distributed naming system called the Domain Name System, which helps translate a website's domain name into the Internet Protocol address of the server that hosts the site.

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