I know some sites like GoDaddy and such sell domains. Where do they get these domains from? Is there somebody who sold all the domains originally. The internet is free and isn't owned by anybody. how is this possible? How do people run there own DNS servers?
closed as not constructive by studiohack♦ Apr 25 '11 at 17:50
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ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. It's a consortium (non-profit corporation) that manages the assignment of domain names and IP address ranges on behalf of the community.
In principle, if ICANN stops being useful people could recognize different top-level domains. In practice no one wants to do that.