Survey of Usage of the .BIZ TLD

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I pulled this off ICANNwatch:
Survey of Usage of the .BIZ TLD
Posted by tbyfield on Monday, June 24 @ 14:08:32 MDT
Contributed by edelman@law.harvard.

Professor Zittrain and I have recently examined a variety of data about registrations in .BIZ. Our major findings are as follows:

At least 74% of currently registered .BIZ domains provide no web content or provide only error messages or placeholders.

Approximately 25% of .BIZ registrations are registered to the same organization that registered the corresponding .COM, and such domains are about one-third less likely to provide substantive web content than domains registered by someone without a corresponding .COM registration.

A large number of .BIZ domains fail to comply with .BIZ registry anti-warehousing policies, suggesting that such policies are not being effectively enforced.

Registrar market shares vary substantially between .BIZ and other TLDs; while the largest .COM, .NET, and .ORG registrars have large shares of .BIZ, certain other registrars also service many .BIZ names.

Our work to date is available at

Benjamin Edelman
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard Law School
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