Happy 25th birthday, .com. Time to grow up. Quickly.

March 15, 2010: 7:30 AM ET

The infrastructure of the Internet isn't capable of handling the amount of traffic sure to come in the next 25 years. To get there, government and business are going to have to work together.

Happy 25th, .com

We're going to need a bigger Internet (and more cake). Photo: Anna-Maria C Sviatko

By Mark McLaughlin , CEO VeriSign

In the movie "Jaws," after the Great White rams against the hull and nearly sinks the ship, Roy Scheider utters the famous line, "We're gonna need a bigger boat." That sums up where the Internet stands as we mark the 25th anniversary of .com. After 25 years, 84 million .com websites and 18 trillion connections a year, it is clear that we have to build not just a bigger, but a better Internet.

A quick glance at the headlines tells us it's true. Cisco (CSCO) announces a revolutionary router that can download the entire contents of the Library of Congress in one second, the Federal Communications Commission readies a plan to dramatically increase broadband connections and speeds nationally, and projections of 500 million more Internet users and 1.1 billion more Internet-enabled devices by 2013.

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