The number of domain names in the .Net zone file fell below 15 Million as of the last update by Verisign
There are now officially 14,998,816 .Net domain registered.
.Net first passed the 15 million mark in August 2013.
At the end of the first quarter of 2014 (March 31st 2014) there were around 15.2 million registrations according to Verisign.
However the reduction in .Net domains which were generally regarded with .Org as the new best choice to a .Com was expected with the launched of hundred of other new choices otherwise known as gTLD’s.
In 2014 .info feel below 5.5 million registrations, .Org fell below 10.5 million registrations, .Biz fell below 2.5 million registrations (actually under 2.4); .US fell below 1.8 million.
On the other hand .Com gained around 3.3 million domain registrations in 2014 which compares to around a little less than the 3.7 million total registrations in the new gTLD space in 2014, but with many of those being given away for free or registered to the new gTLD registries themselves or parties related to the registry.
The last time we backed out the free domains and registry/related registration new gTLD domain names, we came to a number close to 2.7 million (which was when total number of new gTLD registrars were at 3.5 Million) which would be below the number of .com domains registered in 2014