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Gloucester's Fasthosts supports Nominet consultation of .UK internet future

PUBLISHED: 14:05 07 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:16 20 February 2013

The UK internet economy is estimated to be worth £121 billion and growing.

Gloucester's Fasthosts supports Nominet consultation of .UK internet future

The UK internet economy is estimated to be worth 121 billion and growing.

Oxford-based Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for running the .uk infrastructure, has launched a consultation on the introduction of a new service which, if approved, would herald a significant change for the .uk domain name space.

The proposed new service is aimed at businesses and would potentially offer shorter domain names registered at the second level (i.e. www.yourbusiness.uk) as well as one of the most comprehensive packages of security features available. It would sit alongside the existing .uk portfolio, including .co.uk which already has more than 10 million domains registered.

The proposals have the potential to reduce the risk of fraud and cybercrime, while reassuring consumers that a business had a verified UK presence and reinforcing the overall security and stability of the .uk domain name space.

The consultation will remain open until 7 January 2013 to secure feedback from key stakeholders.

Part of the consultation will be in the form of three round tables, being held in London, where stakeholders can share their views on the proposed new service. Gloucester-based Fasthosts Internet Ltd is one of the stakeholders taking part in these round tables.

Fasthosts marketing director, Claire Lewis, said: "Fasthosts are pleased to participate in the round table debate as the proposed services offer opportunities for both the industry and British businesses. As a domain name registrar for hundreds of thousands of UK firms, we believe we are well placed to advocate their online needs and aspirations. We look forward to contributing to how this new domain service can be scoped and shaped for the future. The event promises to be a useful and well-timed collaboration"

The full consultation document and list of questions for response are available at www.nominet.org.uk/go/directuk.

With the UK internet economy estimated to be worth 121 billion and increasing, matters of security, ease of use, and choice are becoming ever more important, said Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet. This new secure domain space would boost the growth of the UK internet economy. We are aware that it represents a significant change to the landscape of the.uk internet and we are committed to taking all points of view on board.

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