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Nominet to offer shorter .uk web addresses

New UK internet domain proposed

Nominet has announced its plans to offer UK-based businesses new internet domain names, which will also include added security features.

Firms will have the chance to register for the new domain and change their current web address to www.name.uk, which is a shorter alternative to the current .co.uk address.

However, applicants looking to take advantage of the new domain will have to prove their UK presence, as well as front a higher fee.

The new domains will be sold by Nominet for a wholesale price of around £20 per web address, per year, which is a significant increase over the existing £5 fee that is charged for a standard .co.uk domain for a two year lease.

While the proposal has been announced, a three-month consultation period is now under way, during which time companies may decide to oppose the plans, particularly given the cost of the web addresses, which may mount up for certain firms looking to protect all of their products, services and brands with the new domain.

Nominet is a non-profit body, who is overseeing all of the new .uk web addresses.

The organisation will continue its consultation period through until January 7th and has provided a site, which offers more information on the plans to interested parties and details where to email responses and register interest.

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