Posted on
September 5th, 2012

Nominet proposes .uk internet domain

A three month consultation is under way following a proposal by Nominet to offer firms based in the UK shorter internet domain names, backed by added security features.

If the proposal goes ahead, businesses will have the chance to register their web address as www.name.uk .

To register the new .uk address, the company must prove that they have a UK presence. Unsurprisingly, there will be a higher fee to pay.

Although the facility will cost approx £20 per .uk address a year as opposed the current fee of £5.00, the director of operations for Nominet, Eleanor Bradley was keen to point out that this was not a money making exercise and that any additional earnings to come out of the sale of the .uk addresses would be used to invest in improving internet security and access.

Whilst the news has been welcomed by some companies, there are those that may oppose the change following the announcement earlier in the year that Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and numbers) is creating hundreds of new domains.

This separate expansion proposes the creation of addresses ending with .home, .play, .shop etc. It is believed that some businesses will feel they have no option but to register under the new domain names to ensure their brand is protected, resulting in additional costs.

Nominet plans to run the consultation until 7th January 2013.

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