Published July 15, 2010
.ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR), recently congratulated The MITRE Corporation for being the first .ORG name registrant 25 years ago on July 10, 1985.
According to Alexa Raad, chief executive officer of .ORG, "No one could predict how essential the Internet would become to our everyday lives. However, the MITRE Corporation was among the very first to see the potential."
Since its beginning, the .ORG domain has seen over 8 million domain name registrations and experienced a growth of 8.4 percent in 2009, making it the world's third largest generic top-level domain (gTLD).
In January 2003, after assuming the task from VeriSign Global Registry Services, the Public Interest Registry assumed responsibility for operating .ORG and maintaining the authoritative database of all .ORG domain names.
.org was originally recommended for non-commercial organisations, however there are no restrictions to registering a .org domain name and it is commonly used for commercial ventures.
North America remains the largest .ORG market, but the domain's popularity is on the rise in Europe, Asia, Australia, and other regions. While .org is globally available, many Australian organisations opt to register a .org.au domain name to make their name more readily identifiable as being located in the country.
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