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Nominet Direct .uk Proposals Compared

We have now compared all three Nominet proposals in an easy to read format:

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3rd Nominet proposal (final decision) – 20th November 2013

Summary of the decision:

• Nominet will introduce second level domain registration during Summer 2014.

• To minimise costs to business and consumer confusion, Nominet will provide a five year reservation period for second level domain names to holders of existing equivalent third level domain names, within which these registrants can decide whether or not to take up the new second level domain. At the end of this reservation period, all second level domains will be available on a first come first served basis.

• In response to the feedback from the consultation the right of refusal in the reservation period will be granted to the pre-existing holder of an equivalent domain. Nominet has also decided to extend the right of refusal to any uncontested third level domain names.

• Pricing for new .uk domains will be set at a competitive level equivalent to the pricing for existing third level domain registrations.

• In line with the July proposal, and consistent with the Nominet Data Quality Policy on which Nominet are also consulting, second level registrants will be required to provide a higher level of data quality for validation/verification purposes than has hitherto been the case in the .uk namespace. Nominet have made some technical adjustments to these requirements in the light of consultation responses they have received.

• In consultation with the Cabinet Office Nominet will draw up a restricted list of reserved names corresponding to the list of organisations which will no longer be able to use as part of the Government’s Digital Transformation Programme.

Source: Nominet ushers in new era for .uk namespace


2nd Nominet Consultation Summary

Nominet the .uk domain name registry has announced plans to open up .uk at the second level. Their latest proposal has been put forward as a consultation which launched on 1st July 2013.

The key elements of the new proposal are:

  • Enhanced checks on data supplied for all registrations. The process would ensure that the named individual resides, or the named business trades, at the specified address.
  • For registrants not based in the UK, a UK ‘address for service’ would be required. This would also be displayed in the WHOIS.
  • A ‘right of first refusal’ would give registrants of existing .uk domain names at the third level (e.g.,, etc) the opportunity to secure the corresponding registration at the second level. In the event of two competing claims, the oldest current, continuous registration would be given priority. The proposal is to run the right of first refusal for a 6 month period from launch.
  • Domains not covered by a right of first refusal would be available to register from launch on a first-come, first-served, basis.
  • A proposed .uk wholesale fee of £5.50 per year or £4.50 per year for multi-year registrations ( / / is currently £3.50 per year or £2.50 per year for multi-year registrations).
  • Many bodies currently using domains will no longer be able to do so under the Government Digital Transformation Programme, which will consolidate the domains under Nominet propose to reserve the affected domains (using 1 July 2013 as the cut-off date for registrations).
  • A commitment to offer services to improve security across the whole .uk namespace.

The consultation will close on 23rd September 2013 and responses will be published in November.

More details here: Nominet .uk Consultation – Registration of second level domain names

Our summary of the proposals:

Download our briefing papers here

1st Nominet Consultation Summary

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On 1st October 2012 Nominet launched a .uk consultation to find out its members’ views.

The devil is in the detail – it is worth reading about the Nominet .UK consultation in general and then download the detailed proposals here and watch the video. Nominet have also put together a FAQ page about the proposal.

We believe that Direct.UK as currently proposed by Nominet is an Internet Tax for UK businesses in the guise of security improvements. It is a crass example of Red Tape in Britain. It will be disastrous for British businesses because of the follow-on costs of rebranding and (because of its geographic restrictions) detrimental to investment from abroad. The proposed auction format and the preferential rights granted to trademark holders rather than existing domain owners will also represent a large-scale expropriation of domain registrants big and small, and will lead to years of litigation and uncertainty.
(Thanks to Edwin Hayward for his 26 page .UK position paper).

Our summary of the proposals:

Download our summary (405KB PDF)


Please note the content on this website may have been written before the final version of the release rules by Nominet. There were two consultations in October 2012 & July 2013 and the final version was published in November 2013. Dot uk was launched on 10th June 2014 and the official current .UK rules can be found here: