A repository of information about the Internet, it is divided into two parts: (1) directory services, run by ICANN and (2) registration services, run by VeriSign. It is funded partially by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and partially by fees charged to register Internet domain name (such as netlingo.com). InterNIC originated under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF), and under the current agreement with the U.S. government, InterNIC provides domain name registration services for .com, .net, .org, and .edu. Many people who have registered domain names wonder if InterNIC is synonymous with Network Solutions, Inc. and the answer is no.
The InterNIC is a concept for an integrated network information center that was originally developed by several companies, including Network Solutions, in cooperation with the U.S. Government. InterNIC is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It is licensed to ICANN, which operates its web site.