Tech Smarts

'Net News

Some of the best things in life are free-but one of them has finally gone the way of the dinosaur. For years, companies have been able to register their own Internet "domain name" (the part of an e-mail address that follows the @ symbol) free of charge. For example, if you own a business called XYZ and want that name in your e-mail address, you could register as "" But recently, Network Solutions Inc., the company that registers domain names for the Internet, began imposing a $50 annual fee on commercial registrations.

The fee is a result of rising costs for handling the skyrocketing number of registrations that, until now, were subsidized by the National Science Foundation. It applies only to domain holders-not end-users who access the Internet through commercial online services such as CompuServe and America Online.

New commercial registrations will be charged $100 to register a name for two years; thereafter, a $50 annual fee will be imposed. Existing registrants owe a fee on the anniversary date of the original registration and will be notified electronically when their renewal is due.

Like this article? Get this issue right now on iPad, Nook or Kindle Fire.

This article was originally published in the January 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Tech Smarts.

Loading the player ...

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

Ads by Google

Share Your Thoughts

Connect with Entrepreneur

Most Shared Stories