A cooperative venture between Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI) and the U.S. government. Network Solutions is the agency currently responsible for coordinating registration of domain names within the Domain Name System (DNS). Internet Network Information Center (InterNIC) is responsible for registering and maintaining the top-level domains .com, .edu, .net, .gov, and .org. InterNIC itself is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Commerce. InterNIC acts as both a registry that maintains a database of top-level domain information and a registrar that provides name registration services and other value-added services.
A new nonprofit agency called Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will soon open up the registration and management of the DNS to companies other than NSI.