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.com registrars, requirements and history
The .com domain's usage as a top-level domain dates back all the way to 1985, and it has grown to be the most used top-level domain to date. It was one of the original top-level domains alongside .edu, .org, .mil, .net and .arpa.
Since then, the .com top-level domain has become the single most recognizable domain worldwide.
Like the original set of top-level domains, it was administered by the United States Department of Defense when first released for public use. Since then, Verisign has taken control of operating this domain, though ultimate control over .com top-level domains still resides under United States law.
Originally, the .com domain was intended to be restricted to commercial businesses. It also had a higher fee for registration that ended up being $100 before things changed with how this domain was managed.
When the .com top-level domain was open for unrestricted registration with the .org and .net top-level domains, the requirement that a website using the .com top-level domain to be commercial was removed.
It was when the restriction on .com domains was removed that it became the most popular top-level domain, a position that it has held ever since.
Who Can Create .com Domains?
Registrars are allowed to register new .com domains if they are accredited by ICANN.
Requirements for Registering a .com TLD
There are no requirements for registering a .com top-level domain. While .com is meant to be short for 'commercial', any business, party or individual can register and use this domain without worry about the content of their website.