The Internet grew by more than 3 million domain names in the second quarter of 2010 according to VeriSign's Domain Name Industry Brief, bringing the total to 196.3 million Top Level Domains (TLDs).
The second quarter total represents an increase of 2 percent over the first quarter of 2010. Compared to the second quarter of 2009, registrations grew by 12.3 million, or 7 percent, across the industry.
The combined base of .com and .net domain names exclusviely surpassed 100 million, finishing the quarter with an adjusted zone size of 101.5 million. New .com and .net registrations totaled 7.9 million during the second quarter, an increase of 13 percent from a year ago. The .com/.net renewal rate for the second quarter was 73.2 percent, up from 72.1 percent for the first quarter.
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