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2013 consultations

Registration of second level domain names

In November 2013 Nominet announced its decision to introduce second-level domain registration as part of a broader programme of work aimed at driving innovation, enhancing security and improving standards in the .uk namespace. Registration at the second level will be available from the 10 June 2014.

Our decision-making process

Following extensive consultation and analysis, Nominet’s Board of Directors decided to introduce second level domain registrations at meetings held on 29th October and 12th November 2013.

Second Consultation

From 1 July 2013 to 23 September 2013 we held a second consultation seeking stakeholder feedback on a revised set of proposals that would underpin the potential release of second level domains:

Feedback was published in November 2013:

First Consultation

From 1 October 2012 to 7 January 2013 we held a consultation seeking stakeholder feedback on a set of proposals that would underpin the potential release of second level domains. A summary of the feedback was published in February 2013: Direct.uk Consultation Summary of Feedback, Nominet .uk Policy Process Secretariat, 26 February 2013.

.cymru and .wales consultation

Nominet conducted a 12 week public consultation between December 2012 and February 2013 on our plans for the new internet domains for Wales.  The plans for .cymru and .wales domains have huge potential to provide significant cultural, economic and social benefits in Wales.

Changes to the rules of registration for .ltd.uk and .plc.uk

Under the current rules for registration of .ltd.uk and .plc.uk, each company registered at Companies House is entitled to a unique domain name that exactly matches their company name.  In addition, the rules also state that any characters which cannot be represented in the Domain Name System, such as "&" or "@", are ignored. This has resulted in the potential for more than one company to be entitled to the same domain name and has created the potential for abuse.

Status: revisions to the rules will be implemented and communicated to stakeholders shortly.

Domain expiry policy

Nominet’s current policy enables registrants to renew their domain name up to 90 days after the renewal date, providing a degree of added-flexibility enabling the registrant to rectify non-renewal of the domain name. A number of developments have emerged within the domain industry and the purpose of this policy discussion was to increase transparency of transactions within the expiry period, provide increased protections for registrants and raise standards within the domain industry.

Current status: In October 2012 the Board approved the recommendation to implement a formal domain expiry policy as part of the new registrar agreement project.

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