The National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET) was a crucial wide-area network sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1985. It soon replaced ARPANET and became the primary government network linking universities and research facilities. NSFNET was eventually decommissioned in 1995 and replaced with the commercial internet backbone.

My name is Dave Levine, and I acquired on March 30, 2022. I’m incredibly honored to own It’s a unique asset and an essential piece of internet history that I hope to take care of for years to come.

The domain history for can be found here. Additional information on NSFNET and its impact can be found here.

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  • Early Years


    • Connected supercomputer centers at 56,000 bits per second when it went online in 1986.

  • Network Expansion


    • NSFNET was expanded to work at 1.5 megabits per second.
    • NSFNET continued to rise and was upgraded to 45 megabits per second.

  • Decline of NSFNET


    • World Wide Web was launched in 1991, allowing for the increase in private computer use among households.
    • As networks became more commercial, the need for NSFNET began to deteriorate to the point that in 1995 the NSFNET backbone was decommissioned.


Registered on November 5th, 1986
3rd Registered .net on the Internet
56 kbit/s Backbone
1.5 Mbit/s (T-1) Backbone
45 Mbit/s (T-3) Backbone
Mosaic Web Browser
Commercial Development of the Internet


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