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Accredited Domain Name Registrars
In the fall of 1999, ICANN chose a list of accredited domain registrars as alternative suppliers to the original registrar Network Solutions, and now any of these registrars can register a domain name. The actual costs of administering a domain name are very low, and getting lower as technology and bandwidth gets cheaper, so domain registrars compete on cost and extra services. Many support the non-profit group CoreNIC.
Network Solutions has implemented a central registry database that is shared by all the accredited domain registrars, and so, because of their history, Network Solutions still retains a singular responsibility for the operation of the Internet. A range of standards govern this distributed registration system.
Countries. The IANA CCLTD Database maintains a list of the domain registrars for countries. For example, the following sites provide domain name registration services in various country top-level domains.
Top-level domains. The following sites provide domain name registration services in various other miscellaneous top-level domains.
Dispute resolution. The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center handles disputes over the ownership and registration of domain names.