The Internet Network Information Center, known as InterNIC, was the Internet governing body primarily responsible for domain name allocations from 1972 until September 18, 1998 when this role was assumed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It was accessed through the domain name internic.net, with email, FTP and World Wide Web services run at various times by SRI, Network Solutions, Inc and AT&T. The InterNIC also coordinated the IP address space, including performing IP address management for North America prior to the formation of ARIN. InterNIC is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The use of the term is licensed to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The first central authority to coordinate the operation of the network was the Network Information Center (NIC) based in Doug Engelbart's lab at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park, California. In 1972, Elizabeth J.
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