Nominet

Disclaimer: The content on this website may be outdated by the 3rd & final proposal on 20/11/2013

Nominet UK is the .uk domain name registry in the United Kingdom.

Nominet was founded in 1996 and is a non-profit company limited by guarantee.
It has members who act as shareholders, but without the right to participate in the profits of the company. Anyone can become a member, but most members are internet service providers who are also registrars.

The purpose of Nominet is to administer the .UK space on a not for profit basis.
Here is how Nominet describes the Second Level Domain (SLD) structure of the .UK Namespace.

Nominet is responsible for the management of:
co.uk, ltd.uk, me.uk, net.uk, org.uk, plc.uk, sch.uk
(of sch.uk Nominet says: This SLD is for schools. However, because many schools share similar if not identical names, geographical areas are used as third level domains to differentiate between them. For example: schoolname.area.sch.uk.)

Management of additional second level domains has been delegated to JANET (UK) and other organisations:
ac.uk, gov.uk, mod.uk, mil.uk, nhs.uk, police.uk

See here for Notes of the meeting of Nominet’s Board of Directors on 9th October 2012

 

Nominet Governance Issues

For more information regarding the current governance issues at Nominet please see:

08/08/2013 – Nominet Watch: Who’s pulling the strings at Nominet?
07/08/2013 – Emily Taylor: Has Nominet been captured
24/07/2013 – Philip Virgo: HMRC meets the “Real” World. Is Nominet about to do the same?
23/07/2013 – Emily Taylor: Internet organisations can seriously damage your health
22/07/2013 – NominetWatch: Breakdown in trust as Board bombarded with questions at AGM

…More About Nominet…

 

Disclaimer

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: www.dotuklaunch.co.uk