This is a wonderful achievement for the Verisign registry! Founded in 1995, Verisign acquired Network Solutions, which operated the .com, .net and .org gTLDs under agreements with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the United States Department of Commerce.
Verisign frequently releases an almost 1 GB zone file containing the list of .com domains it manages in it’s registry. These domains include “dark domains”, domain names that exist, but are not pointed to nameservers.
According to Domain Tools, yesterday the zone file listed 99,837548 .com domain names and that number has been growing by an average of about 22,000 net new .com domain names per day so far in 2012.
They have diligently calculated the number of .com domains includes those listed in the zone file plus the dark domains managed by Verisign to be over 100.2 million.
That number continues to climb every day so there may yet be another milestone to come!
Thank you to all of our customers and the millions of people that provide unique content and continue to enrich and embolden the most popular top level extension on the web today.