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Network Solutions, an engineering company, is founded by Emmit J. McHenry, an Arkansas-born entrepreneur. The Tysons Corner, VA office had 30 employees.

We win a 5-year contract with National Science Foundation to register domain names and becomes sole registry for .com, .net, .org and .edu domains. At this point domain names were free, and the NSF paid Network Solutions to register and administer them. Network Solutions was the only company to bid on the NSF contract!

The National Science Foundation gives us permission to charge a fee for registering domain names. Domain registrations are processed manually and customers receive a paper invoice. Some customers send checks without a reference to the invoice or domain name, so their checks sit in a box in the Finance department. The registration fee is $100 for two years. Thirty percent of the registration fees go into Intellectual Infrastructure Fund. The government directs the expenditure from the Fund.

The number of domains registered reaches one million. We throw a party...

Registration of .com, .net, .edu and .org is opened to competition.
Network Solutions acquires Image Café, a website design company. Customers can now build a website for their domain name using the Image Café website builder tool.


Domains in the Network Solutions registry total 5 million as a decade of growth begins.


Network Solutions becomes a privately held company, operating as Network Solutions, LLC.

Network Solutions launches Private Domain Registration. Enhanced backorder services give customers the ability to place requests for currently registered domains or to get rid of domain registrations they no longer want or need.

By introducing a new generation of Web hosting packages, Network Solutions gives customers more options for reliable website hosting.
We receive Better Business Bureau Accreditation - today we have a BBB rating of A+.

We strengthen our product portfolio by adding a robust suite of new services including e-commerce solutions, Web design and search engine optimization services. After a multi-year restructuring of customer service, Network Solutions is recognized for providing an outstanding customer service experience by becoming a J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center. We also become an Authorized Google AdWords™ Reseller. Businesses working with an Authorized Reseller receive professional, full-service AdWords account management, from account setup and activation to ongoing campaign monitoring and optimization, and quality customer support.

We become a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner , meaning that we have a demonstrated level of technical expertise and the proven ability to deliver solutions featuring Microsoft products.

Network Solutions helps businesses target local customers online with Local Search Visibility, aimed at bringing traffic and calls to their physical locations.

DomainStorm, our new mobile app, helps customers brainstorm and register a domain by entering a keyword and shaking their phone