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.uk domain names to launch on June 10th

Nominet are cashing in on the new gTLD hype with shorter .uk domains available to register from June 10th 2014
Posted by Ed-Freethought.
Published 18:36, Tue 4 Feb 2014.
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.UK domains coming on 10th June 2014
.UK domains coming on 10th June 2014
Nominet has announced that their controversial .uk domain names will be available for registration from June 10th 2014, with first refusal being given to the existing .co.uk domain name holder
for a period of five years following the launch.

This gives existing domain holders until the 10th of June 2019 to decide if they want to make use of the .uk version of their domain, with the idea being that this allows registrants to rebrand in their own time.

The exact process for determining who gets the .uk domain is not as simple as it first seems and so Nominet have created a rights lookup tool which will allow registrants to easily check who has the rights to the .uk version of an existing domain at launch time.

Nominet's plans for opening up second level registrations directly under the .uk namespace met with significant resistance in both rounds of the consultation process, which eventually led to Nominet deciding to go ahead with the proposal despite the significant criticism from the Nominet membership and other stakeholders.
Source Link: www.nominet.org.uk
Comments on this
  • "The exact process for determining who gets the .uk domain is not as simple as it first seems." What does that mean?
    Michael Follett
    20:49, Tue 4 Feb 2014
  • It's not as simple as the .co.uk holder gets the .uk domain. The .co.uk holder gets it if the domain was registered at 23:59 on 28/10/2013 (the cut off date), otherwise the .org.uk gets it. Likewise, if the .org.uk wasn't registered by the cut off date then the .me.uk gets it. If no domains were registered at the cut off date, then there's no reservation and the .uk version of the domain is free to register.

    There's also a load of exclusions, all of which are covered in a lovely 17 page document that Nominet have stuck online at http://www.nominet.org.uk/sites/default/files/SLDR_rules_140128_final.pdf
    Freethought Internet
    Freethought Internet Limited registered in London No. 5862996. Registered office: The Old Church Hall, 2A Cromwell Street, Lincoln, LN2 5LP. VAT number GB 987 0952 66.
    21:16, Tue 4 Feb 2014
  • The '.co.uk' gets it if there was one rule directly contravenes what Nominet promised at the discussions into this polution of the namespace - that *oldest* registration would get first refusal :(
    21:25, Tue 4 Feb 2014
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