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Nominet takes on the road

By at March 14, 2013 | 12:05 pm | 0 Comment

Nominet takes on the road

In an email sent to registrars today Nominet has detailed  it’s plans to take “ on the road” for the rest of 2013.

Please note the use of the word “trusted” in their email: remains the number one relevant and trusted domain for doing business in the UK and the brand team will be reaching out to our target audiences and spreading the word through branded exhibition presence and presentation workshops at the following events:

The Liverpool Business Fair – 19th March 2013

Business Startup Show – 6th – 7th June 2013





Nominet , Nominet .UK Consultation

Parliamentary question by Dan Jarvis MP

By at March 7, 2013 | 12:08 pm | 0 Comment

On Wednesday 27th Februry 2013 Dan Jarvis MP  (Shadow Arts and Culture Minister) asked a Parliamentary question regarding the .uk consultation:

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she took to ensure that the Nominet Consultation was widely advertised in order to receive the views of ordinary business users.

The holding answer by the Minister Ed Vaizey MP was:

Nominet is recognised by the Government as the registry with responsibility for oversight of the top level internet domain. It is a private sector, not for profit, public purpose company. Nominet’s day-to-day operations are not subject to regulation by Government.   Nominet has informed Government of the actions it has undertaken to raise awareness of its consultation process. These include coverage through news articles and other media, hosting a series of public roundtable events and working with member’s organisations, for example the British Computer Society, to provide news stories, guest articles and briefings for their members.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 27 February 2013, c547W)

Parliament Questions

Nominet Update on 27/02/13

By at February 28, 2013 | 11:56 am | 0 Comment

Nominet Update on 27/02/13

Following the Nominet Board meeting on 26th February, Nominet are NOT now proceeding with their original proposal on ‘’ but we will respond to feedback by looking at whether a revised proposal will address issues raised in the recent consultation.

Over the coming months, this work will explore:

• A revised phased release mechanism based largely on the prior registrations of domains in existing third levels within .uk and in which contention between different applicants for the same domain name should be reduced or eliminated.

• Measures to improve security across the whole of the .uk namespace. This would include increased focus on encouraging the adoption of DNSSEC.

• A firm focus on registrant verification and some form of UK presence.

• Further investigations into the impact on the SME sector.

• An appropriate pricing model.

Read more here: Nominet – Update on 27/02/2013

Nominet , Nominet .UK Consultation , Nominet .UK Proposals

Nominet large UK registrars continue to promote

By at February 21, 2013 | 11:40 am | 0 Comment

Nominet large UK registrars continue to promote

Credit: 21/02/2013

Despite the current Nominet consultation on second level domain names more large Nominet registrars have joined in promoting in recent weeks. for example now has a slider on the homepage promoting as “a great place to be”.

We believe to be one of six registrars chosen by Nominet to take part in their campaign 2013 which they announced in January.

Nominet , Nominet .UK Consultation Campaign 2013

By at February 14, 2013 | 11:06 am | 0 Comment Campaign 2013

Despite the current consultation on .uk 2nd level domains…..

Nominet’s new 2013 brand campaign launched on 30th January targeting small business and start ups.

The campaign will include:

  • Digital Banner Campaign: 30th Jan – end June
  • Radio Campaign: 8 weeks, starting 30th January
  • @dotuk Twitter: Launching 30th January onwards

More details here: Nominet Registrars – Campaign 2013




FOI: List of Domains Names affected by Nominet Direct.UK proposal

By at February 7, 2013 | 11:08 am | 0 Comment

A. Barrow has made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Transport:

Dear Department for Transport,

Nominet is proposing to introduce direct .UK names such as,, alongside the established .uk structure of,,,,,,, etc.

The Nominet consultation about Direct.UK has (in addition to
commercial questions) thrown up many questions around security,
which are currently being debated among public bodies and

A broad summary of the debate can be found at

A copy of the Nominet proposal can be found here:

A list of articles published on the issue here:

In the light of this debate and in the public interest may I ask
that your organisation provide the following:

1. A complete list of all domain names managed, maintained,
authorised or in any way paid for or operated by your organisation
on behalf of itself or on behalf of any bodies or agencies for
which it has oversight in any way. For the avoidance of doubt, this
should include any domain name ending in .com, .org, .net,,,,,,,,,,, etc

2. All communications (written or otherwise) and information
regarding the Nominet proposal quoted above. This request includes
(but is not limited to) any correspondence with Nominet, any
correspondence between your organisation and other government
bodies of any kind or any organisations in the charitable sector.

3. Information about any assessment or study (by internal or
external experts) undertaken regarding any impact (financial, SEO,
technical or otherwise) of the Nominet proposals on any domain name
listed under 1 or its associated website.

4. Information about any correspondence or discussion (internal or
external), between your department and any other individuals or
bodies about the potential financial, legal or reputational risks
to your department or any of its subsidiaries arising from the
Nominet Direct.UK proposals to create names that are confusingly
similar and could pose a security risk, e.g. resulting in
misdirected sensitive email messages and phishing attempts on
government domain names.

I look forward to receiving a response to this request and in
particular the list of domains under point 1.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A. Barrow

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Telegraph: Nominet sues businessman over chief executive ‘libel’

By at January 24, 2013 | 12:34 pm | 0 Comment

Nominet, the non-profit company in charge of Britain’s web address system, is suing one of its members for defamation over an online video that alleges its chief executive gave inaccurate evidence to an employment tribunal.

He is also a critic of Nominet’s plan to introduce a more costly new type of web address. It wants to sell “secure” web addresses ending in just “.uk” rather than “” or “”, but opponents including children’s charities have suggested the plan will not protect the public and will cost businesses more to operate online.

Read more:


Press Reports UK , Telegraph (Daily & Sunday Telegraph)

Computer Weekly: Campaigners oppose Nominet plans for secure .uk domain

By at January 17, 2013 | 12:01 pm | 0 Comment

The Computer Weekly this week writes:

Digital rights campaigners, businesses and charities have criticised the plans of UK’s top-level domain name registry Nominet to create a “secure” .uk domain alongside the existing and domains. They say Nominet’s plans would give it a monopoly over trust and security in the UK domain space. Nominet proposes to allow only UK-based companies to use the .uk root. The domain registry will scan websites with the domain suffix for malicious software and adopt DNSSEC security protocols to provide assurance to users of these domain names that they are safe and secure.

Read more: Computer Weekly 16/01/13:
Campaigners oppose Nominet plans for secure .uk domain

Computer Weekly , Press Reports UK

Telegraph: Childrens charities oppose Nominet plan for ‘secure’ .uk web addresses

By at January 17, 2013 | 10:54 am | 0 Comment

Chris Williams writes in the Telegraph:

A children’s charities coalition, internet activists and businesses have lined up to criticise the plans by Nominet, the quango in charge of web addresses, to create a new “secure” area online for British businesses. Nominet wants to create a new class of web addresses ending in just “.uk”, to be sold alongside those with the more familiar “” suffix. It says websites with one of new addresses will be more secure for people browsing the web, because it will check their operators are based in Britain and have supplied real contact details.

Read more: 15/01/13 – Telegraph: Childrens charities oppose Nominet plan for ‘secure’ .uk web addresses

Nominet .UK Consultation , Telegraph (Daily & Sunday Telegraph)

Parliamentary question by Stephen McPartland MP

By at January 10, 2013 | 2:06 pm | 0 Comment

On Tuesday 8th January 2013 Stephen McPartland MP asked a Parliamentary question regarding .uk:

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to ensure that small businesses with addresses are not put at a disadvantage by the creation of the .uk domain name.

The response by the Minister Ed Vaizey MP was:

Nominet is recognised by the Government as the registry with responsibility for oversight of the “.uk” top level internet domain. It is a private sector, not for profit, public purpose company. Its day-to-day operations are not subject to regulation by the Government. Nominet welcomes suggestions about “.uk” policy development. It is currently carrying out a public consultation on proposals to create a new shorter “.uk” domain with enhanced security features which would allow for the first time registrations at the second level immediately before the dot (e.g. “”).

Nominet has informed Government that its consultation is gathering perspectives from a broad range of stakeholders—including small businesses and their representatives—to inform their decision-making. Nominet has stated that it will be carefully considering that feedback in line with the company’s public purpose.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 8 January 2013, c213W)




Nominet .UK Consultation , Parliament Questions


Please note the content on this website may have been written before the final version of the release rules by Nominet. There were two consultations in October 2012 & July 2013 and the final version was published in November 2013. Dot uk was launched on 10th June 2014 and the official current .UK rules can be found here: