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domain name naming authority

In domain name system terminology, the naming authority is the entity responsible for the allocation and distribution of domain names. A naming authority is often restricted to a particular level of domains such as .com, .net, or .edu.

See "Registering a Domain Name" and "Understanding Internet Governance" in the Did You Know...? section of Webopedia.
See also "Countries and Their Domain Extensions" in Webopedia's
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