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Why does the US have top-level domains like .gov, .mil and others, while other nations can only use second level domains for their government agencies? It might seem an easy question, but I think it is interesting to know details that possibly are not written on Wikipedia.
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The Internet started as a project of the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, under the name "ARPANET". The original five top-level domains (.com, .org, .edu, .gov, and .mil) date from 1984, when the network was still almost exclusively a US-only project.