Nominet stakeholder committee member: What’s the fuss about a new UK domain?

By at January 3, 2013 | 12:41 pm | 0 Comment

Dave Thomas, head of Sedo UK and a member of Nominet’s stakeholder committee, gives another take on Nominet’s consultation, assessing potential impact on UK business.

I did some comparison using SEDO’s trading history of the Spanish domain market comparing to .es – it is clearly to me that there is now a preference for .es over This indicates that there’s a real appetite from businesses and consumers to migrate over time to a shorter direct name space. Although, on the other hand, if you consider that the United States launched a shorter name space in 1985, when the internet was in its infancy, it has had little or no real effect as the majority of US companies and consumers prefer using .com to this day. Therefore, we are in the dark whether will have an impact on the value of

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Daily Mail: The Web’s tangle of addesses is unfair to Britain

By at December 20, 2012 | 3:30 pm | 0 Comment

Daily Mail: The Web’s tangle of addesses is unfair to Britain

Source: Daily Mail 20/12/12

Interesting letter today in the Daily Mail regarding foreign ownership of domains. Remember Nominet’s proposal for .uk requires Verification of UK contact details of registrant (see page 9 of consultation).



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Guardian: Nominet’s plans to launch the .uk domain – good or bad for UK business?

By at December 20, 2012 | 11:47 am | 0 Comment

Do you have plans to purchase a domain for your business? Adam Grunwerg thinks you might want to think again:

Nominet, the non-profit organisation responsible for managing the UK namespace, recently launched a three-month consultation on a domain name service, which means you’ll soon be able to register UK names at the second level – in the forma – in 2013.

The new .uk domain service will provide a shorter string for UK businesses and has plans to include a number of security benefits to promote a secure UK namespace, which includes UK address verification, daily malware monitoring and a digital signature.

However, the current proposal for the new domains and the release structure has caused significant backlash from Nominet’s main stakeholders – especially registrars, UK businesses and the domain community.

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Nominet news: 650 formal responses to date

By at December 20, 2012 | 11:41 am | 0 Comment

On Nominet issued the following statement:

There’s undoubtedly a wide range of opinions, particularly in the following areas:

  • The principle of opening up the second level.
  • Whether should be treated as a new, distinct product within the .uk portfolio or as a transition or migration from existing SLDs.
  • The fairest release mechanism.
  • The impact on existing, or registrants.
  • How the package of security features proposed will contribute to our aims of improving trust and security.

We are considering all ideas and suggestions that have been – and continue to – flow in. The consultation is a genuine process to gather the perspectives and thinking from a broad range of stakeholders in order to inform our decision-making.


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Guardian: The value of a secure .uk namespace – Nominet’s .uk consultation

By at December 20, 2012 | 11:33 am | 0 Comment

Nominet’s Phil Kingsland responds to Adam Grunwerg’s criticism of the company’s proposed launch of the .uk domain:

We’ve read and listened to a wide range of responses and views on Nominet’s proposal to introduce a new, more secure second-level domain space in the UK (ie instead of, alongside the additional third level .uk domains (, etc). This includes last week’s Media Network article by Adam Grunwerg.

We believe that the proposed product would create a new, trusted online home for British businesses and we hope it would help to support the internet economy by combating cybercrime and creating a namespace which consumers trust; driving additional e-commerce and online transactions.

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Nominet’s Board November Report

By at December 20, 2012 | 11:14 am | 0 Comment

The Nominet board met on the 29th November 2012 and have issued the following statement regarding the .uk consultation:

The Board received an update briefing on the progress of the ongoing consultation in which the registry structure could be changed so as to allow registrations at the second level of the .uk domain hierarchy. The Board noted the large number of formal consultation responses received so far, and the very wide range of opinions already submitted in relation to the main features of the proposal. It was clear that a full analysis following the end of the consultation period would take several weeks The Board would then consider that feedback and decide next steps, with agenda time at the meeting scheduled for 26th February being set aside. The Board thanked the Nominet staff dealing with the consultation for their good work to date in bringing the proposal to very wide public notice and debate.


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.uk understanding the consequences

By at December 6, 2012 | 3:50 pm | 0 Comment

What is wrong with the Nominet .uk proposal?
By Stephen Wilde – December 2012
On first look looks more attractive than Similarly, “extra security” sounds good conceptually. However, this simplistic view glosses over the overwhelmingly negative consequences to existing businesses, consumer trust, and the UK internet economy, once you examine the details of the proposal.
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Nominet’s roundtable discussion in Glasgow

By at December 6, 2012 | 12:05 pm | 0 Comment

Escrivo attended Nominet’s round-table discussion in Glasgow yesterday and they thought it would be interesting to document a few notes made during the session. The session was attended by a number of developers and Nominet registrars, as well as representatives from some large UK brands, a domain investor, and a number of IP lawyers  Read more here


Domain Blogs , Nominet .UK Consultation

Nominet Trademark Application for

By at November 5, 2012 | 10:33 pm | 0 Comment

See what Nominet are applying for:
Nominet: trademark – Case details for Trade Mark 2631157

Nominet .UK Proposals , Trademarks & Domains Nominet Consultation on .UK

By at November 4, 2012 | 4:11 pm | 0 Comment

Oxford Based Nominet consults on future of .UK Internet

Nominet .UK Consultation


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: