Nominet the UK domain registrar authority are trying to introduce a new domain name extension .uk (e.g. ibm.uk). The details of the proposal have not been widely circulated, yet the UK domaining community are convinced .uk will be implemented as proposed with all the problems that will only become obvious after it is too late.
Romsey, Hampshire, UK (PRWEB UK) 24 August 2013
What has not been mentioned in the Nominet proposal are the problems that will be created when .uk gets introduced, these possible flaws are published in a new report by Stephen Wilde and include:
“An ‘opt in’ scheme is used; result will be the Owners of a Million or more .co.uk domains will not apply for new .uk, as they will not know about it.”
“ ‘Oldest registration gets first chance’; so up to 250,000 .co.uk domain holders will not obtain the equivalent .uk under the current proposal including: Hotmail.co.uk Dreams.co.uk Windows.co.uk Food.co.uk Sky.co.uk ee.co.uk audible.co.uk freelancer.co.uk independent.co.uk gap.co.uk instyle.co.uk Art.co.uk DayNurseries.co.uk Unwins.co.uk ITS.co.uk Adams.co.uk Bes.co.uk FlowersDirect.co.uk Custard.co.uk Build.co.uk TopMail.co.uk TheBelfry.co.uk Benedict.co.uk Smiles.co.uk Tamba.co.uk Pims.co.uk Planet.co.uk Prospects.co.uk PopupStands.co.uk PaydayLoans.co.uk oba.co.uk RadioCity.co.uk Alli.co.uk to name but a few.”
“New .uk domain will cost over 100% more than .co.uk and owner will still keep paying for the .co.uk renewals to protect website.”
“Confidence in trusted extensions like .co.uk, .org.uk, .sch.uk etc. will be eroded by claims .uk is more secure.”
“Security nightmare with different owners of .co.uk and .uk: phishing attacks, misdirected email, scams, cyber-squatting and fraud.”
Details of these possible flaws about .uk can be found in a report, “Get involved or lose your .uk domains,” written by Stephen Wilde, which can be downloaded at http://www.YourUk.org.uk which also has links to the Nominet .uk proposal and consultation.
The report is being made public in an attempt to encourage a wider effected audience to feedback about the introduction of .uk before it is too late, the Nominet consultation closes 23rd September 2013.
Another perspective on .uk can be found at http://www.splashweb.co.uk/directuk
In the words of Nominet, “the .uk proposal would be the biggest change to the .uk namespace since it began,” just nobody knows about it and the problems that would be created by its launch, please get involved.
About Stephen Wilde author of the report and Press Release:
Stephen Wilde, Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983, founded Serenity Holidays Ltd and has been a Nominet UK registrar and domain portfolio owner since 2006 via Really Useful Domains Ltd and was active in preventing the last .uk proposal from being implemented.