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Nominet To Release One Character, Two Letter, Reserved .UK Domains

Nominet logoNominet, the .UK registry, has announced it will be releasing one character, two letter and other previously reserved domains by the end of 2010 following an extensive consultation period that will see changes to registration rules to enable the release.

The process will see a two-stage sunrise and a landrush process for the previously unavailable domain names to respect trademark holder’s rights and to ensure an orderly and fair release with full details being published on 1 November 2010.

Following the sunrise period, any remaining reserved domain names will be available through an open auction.

To see the full list of domain names being released, Nominet has published them at www.nominet.org.uk/registrants/aboutdomainnames/reserved/releaselist/

The changes to the rules are available from www.nominet.org.uk/registrants/aboutdomainnames/reserved/changestorules/

Europe Registry logoDomain names will be able to be registered through Nominet registrars such as Europe Registry.

CN Domain Registrations Slip Even Further

CNNIC logoThe number of .CN domain name registrations have slipped by over one million in the two months to 30 June according to statistics published on the China Internet Network Information Center’s (CNNIC) website this week.

The latest figure is 7,246,686 compared to 8,254,681 at the end of April. CNNIC, unlike many registries, often posts registration figures several months late. Others such as DENIC (.DE) and Nominet (.UK) have real time statistics.

The dramatic reductions are the result of the end of promotions that lasted for much of 2008 and 2009 where domain names could be registered for a few cents and the introduction of restrictions on registrants.

The latest figures mean .CN is still is the third highest ranked ccTLD behind .DE with 13,765,490 registrations as of 7 August and 8,654,260 for .UK (United Kingdom). .NL (Netherlands) is fourth with 3,981,555 registrations while .EU (European Union) is fifth with 3,227,644 registrations.

Europe Registry logoTo register your domain name for any of the above ccTLDs, or any other, check out Europe Registry here.

Nominet Celebrates .UK’s 25th Birthday As Second Largest ccTLD

Nominet, the national registry for .UK domain names celebrates 25 years since the first .UK domain names were registered on Saturday 24 July 2010 by becoming the second largest country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and fourth largest Top Level Domain (TLD). Since its inception in 1985, the .UK registry has witnessed the huge growth in the internet.Among ccTLDs, .UK is the second largest ccTLD with 8,587,726 registrations as of 30 July. This follows .DE (Germany) with 13,762,500 registrations while the number of .CN (China) domain names registered has slipped dramatically to 8,250,000 (as of 30 April, the latest statistics publicly available) from a peak of 13,680,700 in November 2009 due to changes in registration requirements and the end of promotions with cheaper registration fees.Among other ccTLDs, the .NL ccTLD is the fourth most popular with 3,975,200 registrations (30 July) and then .EU is fifth with 3,239,400 (30 July).Key milestones include:

  • 1985: First registrations of .UK
  • 1996: Nominet set up to manage the .UK domain name space, 26,000 registrations on the register
  • February 2000: 1 million registrations
  • May 2006: 5 million registrations
  • Today: There are now more than 8.5 million .UK domain registrations.

After 25 years, .UK remains a relevant and trusted environment that presents the most appropriate, local information for web users. Research from Nominet shows that 77 per cent of British consumers preferred to use a .UK rather than a .com when searching for information online and that at a small business level, 9 out of 10 companies choose a .UK as the domain for marketing their business.Lesley Cowley, CEO, Nominet, says, “We are delighted to celebrate 25 years of .UK. In that time, the internet has changed the lives of billions of people around the World. As businesses, we rely on it for buying and selling goods, as governments for interacting with citizens, and as individuals for organising and managing many aspects of our lives, whether that be online banking, shopping or entertainment.

Nominet Celebrates .UK's 25th Birthday As Second Largest ccTLD

Nominet logoNominet, the national registry for .UK domain names celebrates 25 years since the first .UK domain names were registered on Saturday 24 July 2010 by becoming the second largest country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and fourth largest Top Level Domain (TLD). Since its inception in 1985, the .UK registry has witnessed the huge growth in the internet. Continue reading Nominet Celebrates .UK's 25th Birthday As Second Largest ccTLD

Nominet Board Election Process Begins

Nominet logoNominet has begun the non-executive director election process and posted papers for its papers for their Annual General Meeting to be held on 6 July.

Writing in The Register, Kieren McCarthy says there are seven candidates for two positions, “but despite efforts to revitalise the organisation after several years of infighting, voters will be disappointed to see a cast of the usual suspects on the ballot. Five of the seven candidates were members of Nominet’s recently wound-up Policy Advisory Body (PAB) — whose insider culture eventually caused it to implode.”

McCarthy examines the background to the candidates and looks at some of the issues that have come up involving candidates.

To read his report, see:
www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/15/nominet_election_campaign/

For information on the upcoming Annual General Meeting 2010 from Nominet, see:
www.nominet.org.uk/governance/agm/

Europe Registry logoTo register your .UK domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Nominet Commences Consultation on One Character, Two Letter & Reserved .UK Domains

Nominet logoNominet is planning to release two letter, one character and other reserved .UK domains. In planning for the release, the .UK registry has commenced a three month consultation process that closes on 8 June on how the domain names should be released.

Domains that may be released are:

  • all currently reserved one character domains in .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk and .net.uk
  • all currently reserved two letter domains in .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk and .net.uk
  • a series of domain names previously reserved such as domain names that use a gTLD at the third level (e.g. biz.org.uk) and domains that use a Second Level Domain at the third level (e.g. sch.org.uk ).

Nominet’s Policy Advisory Body (PAB) has recommended that two letter domain names should be available for registration and a PAB sub-committee agreed on the principles of how two letter domain names should be released. There are around 2,300 domain names to be released.

In addition the PAB also suggested the release of one character domains and some other short names which are identical to existing generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs).

These recommendations and suggestions have been reviewed internally and we consider that in general where there is no longer a technical or policy reason for a restriction in our rules, then those rules should be removed.

It is proposed that, should the domain names be released, there would be a two phase sunrise process. The first round would allow applications from holders of registered trademarks recognised and enforceable in the UK that must be identical to the two letter combination applied for.

The second round would be for domain names not taken up in the first round and open to holders of unregistered rights.

A consultation paper explaining the background to the decision to release the domains and outlining the proposal for releasing them is also available.

A full list of the domain names that could be released is available here.

Exceptions to one character domain names that could be released are available here.

For more information on the consultation process, see:
www.nominet.org.uk/about/consultations/reservedshortdomains

Europe Registry logoTo register your .UK domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Nominet Commences Consultation on One Character, Two Letter & Reserved .UK Domains

Nominet logoNominet is planning to release two letter, one character and other reserved .UK domains. In planning for the release, the .UK registry has commenced a three month consultation process that closes on 8 June on how the domain names should be released. Continue reading Nominet Commences Consultation on One Character, Two Letter & Reserved .UK Domains

Nominet Commences Consultation on One Character, Two Letter & Reserved .UK Domains

Nominet logoNominet is planning to release two letter, one character and other reserved .UK domains. In planning for the release, the .UK registry has commenced a three month consultation process that closes on 8 June on how the domain names should be released. Continue reading Nominet Commences Consultation on One Character, Two Letter & Reserved .UK Domains

Nominet Gives Registrars Ability to Terminate .UK Domain Names

Nominet logoNominet, the registry for .UK domain names, has announced they will be giving registrars the ability to cancel domain names upon allegations of criminality activity involving .UK domain names.

The new service new service locks domain names by suspending the operation of the name, which means that any web site or email associated with the domain name will no longer be available. Promptly taking the domain name out of circulation in this way helps protect the consumer as quickly as possible.

The service has commenced already enabling registrars to ‘lock’ or suspend a .UK domain name if they have received credible reports that it is involved in illegal activity.

“Nominet is committed to making the Internet a safe place for all users. This lock is one of several new services we are offering to help our registrars respond to evidence that .uk domain names are being used for illegal activities,” said Eleanor Bradley, Directors of Operations at Nominet.

“For example, there have been cases recently where consumers are being duped into buying goods from illegitimate web sites. This tool enables the registrar to lock down the domain name to prevent further criminal activity and minimise the impact on UK consumers.”

The announcement follows Nominet disconnecting around 1,200 domain names in December in a campaign coordinated with police. The actions meant that the police did not have to deal with companies hosting the websites using the domain names.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .UK domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Has .CN Regained Number One ccTLD Ranking from .DE?

After not having posted registration figures for at least four months, CNNIC, the China Internet Network Information Center, has finally updated its figures to show they have regained the number one ccTLD ranking from .DE (Germany).According to the latest figures, there were 13,680,727 domain name registrations as of 30 November compared to 13,325,300 .DE registrations as of 13 December according to the DENIC website.Registration figures for CNNIC were dropping significantly, likely to be as a result of the ending of a promotion CNNIC were running in 2008. However it appears they are once again on an upward trend.Both though are way ahead of the third placed ccTLD, .UK (United Kingdom) who in November passed the eight millionth registration milestone.To register your .CN, .DE, .UK or any other domain name, check out Europe Registry or Asia Registry.