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  • The countdown to .cymru and .wales begins following delegation

    18 August 2014
    ICANN has now delegated both .cymru and .wales meaning that they are not yet available for registration but are now on the internet’s official database. From 1st September, businesses that have already registered their trademarks with ICANN’s Trademark Clearing House can begin the process of registering their new Welsh domains. The second registration phase, which gives Welsh businesses priority, starts in November with availability to the general public beginning on St David’s Day, March 1st 2015.
  • Change to Data Quality Policy

    30 July 2014
    The Data Quality Policy introduced earlier this year will be amended with effect from the 22nd September to remove the planned automatic cancellation of domain names that do not meet the necessary validation checks after 30 days. An initial Data Quality transition period, from 7th May to 22nd September, was implemented during which domain names on Accredited Channel Partner and Channel Partner tags were not automatically cancelled where validation could not be completed. 
  • Update on Nominet Registrar Services

    28 July 2014
    As the launch of .cymru and .wales gets closer, further details about Nominet Registrar Services Limited (NRS) are now available.The company is a wholly-owned Nominet subsidiary which will guarantee a distribution channel for .wales and .cymru as ICANN rules mean that the new domains may only be sold through ICANN Accredited Registrars.Registrars who wish to offer the Welsh domains but are not ICANN-accredited can choose to offer them by becoming a reseller of NRS or any ICANN Accredited Registrar who has signed up with Nominet to sell these gTLDs.
  • Deadline for .wales and .cymru trademark registrations approaches

    22 July 2014
    Businesses that hold a trademark and wish to appeal to customers in Wales, or want to be identified as having a Welsh heritage, need to register with the Trademark Clearinghouse before the 31st July to ensure the best possible chance of securing their .wales or .cymru domain names.
  • S4C, the National Assembly for Wales and Sport Wales among many getting behind .cymru and .wales at the Royal Welsh Show

    21 July 2014
    Strong backing of .cymru and .wales came from a host of organisations that will be the first to switch to the new domain names at the Royal Welsh Show today. S4C, the Welsh language TV channel; the National Assembly for Wales; Wales Federation of Young Farmers Club; Sport Wales; the Welsh Books Council and the Arts Council for Wales will all be using them to underline their Welsh identity online.

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