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									                                                                                                                          INDICATORS
 THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

                                                                        COMMERCIAL INTERNET DOMAIN NAMES
                               The number of commercial Internet domain names (“.com”) per firm.

 Why Is This Important? Despite the much ballyhooed failure               The Rankings: The number of “.com” domains per firm varies
 of some high-flying “dot-bombs,” the use of the Internet by busi-        significantly by state. The highest-ranking state, California, has
 ness continues to grow.21 The number of dot-com domain names             more than six times more than the lowest-ranking state, South
 registered in the United States actually grew from 9 million in July     Dakota. Nevada’s second-place finish could well be a dubious dis-
 2000 to 19 million in July 2001.22 The big difference between the        tinction: it may be attributable to a large number of gambling and
 dot-com bubble of the late 1990s and today is, while many                adult sites. But most of the other top finishers, including Maryland,
 dot-coms were based on dubious business models, many of today’s          Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia, are states with a large pres-
 dot-com companies are using the Internet for strategic and effective     ence of high-tech companies.
 commercial purposes.
                                                                           The top five                 “.com” domains per firm

                                                                           1     California                       1.86
                                                                           2.    Nevada                           1.71
                                                                           3.    Arizona                          1.34
                                                                           4.    Massachusetts                    1.34
                                                                           5.    New York                         1.27
                                                                                 U.S. average                     0.95

                                                                                 Source: Matthew Zook, U.C. Berkeley, 2000 data.


“The number of dot-com domain names registered in the United States actually
        grew from 9 million in July 2000 to 19 million in July 2001.”




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