Nominet, the non-profit company that runs the Internet domain system for the United Kindgom ccTLD .Uk said today that they are looking at issuing second level .Uk domains names one’s that do not require the use of the .co first.
The proposal is now open for comments until January 7, 2013.
You might remember that Nominet raised some £3 million which is over $4.5 Million dollars last year from the sale of one and two letter .co.uk. just last year.
Twelve single letter web addresses fetched an average of £39,000 each in the sale.
The auction helped raise £3 million for the Nominet Trust
Here is the announcement:
“we are holding a three month consultation about the potential introduction of a new service known as direct.uk, which would be specifically designed for businesses that are or want to get online, with a new shorter domain name of internet.uk rather than internet.co.uk.
Nominet’s Director of Operations Eleanor Bradley explains more about our proposals in the video above.
Proposed key features include; verification to check a registrant has a UK address, daily monitoring for malicious software and viruses, and a digital signature which minimises the risks of a domain name being hijacked. These measures would be supported by a trustmark to give consumers a clear sign that it was a verified domain name.
The potential additional features incorporated in this proposed new product could help to create an even more secure online home for British businesses. They would help to guard against cybercrime, which costs the UK approximately £27 billion per year, and play an important part in creating a trusted space for businesses and consumers.
We are proposing that it would be a new and different service that would sit alongside the already known, respected and trusted options such as .co.uk, .org.uk and me.uk that will remain as an accessible, flexible and vibrant domain name spaces.
This proposal is obviously significant for anyone involved in the .uk namespace, which is why we are consulting to ensure we take all views into account.”
You can download the proposal here
You can email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I read through the proposal and one thing I did not see discussed is any sort of grandfathering for current .co.uk domain holders to the what would be the shorter and more preferable .Uk.
The aftermarket for .co.uk over the years has been pretty active with a lot of money invested into it.
If I was had spent tens of thousands or six figures for a .co.uk domain, I would be pretty upset about the proposal.
The last couple of years have seen some reportable .co.uk domain sell as high as into the six figures according to DnJournal.com:
Last year saw Beds.co.uk sell for $130,400