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Registrants will be able to lock-in their domain names for up to 10 years from 1 May 2012

Oxford, 10th November 2011 – The current 2 year registration period for .uk domain names will change in 2012 to offer flexible registrations of up to 10 years, following a policy process and stakeholder consultation conducted by Nominet.

Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for the safe and secure running of the .uk internet infrastructure, today announces it will offer multi-year registration periods from 1 May 2012.

Until now it has only been possible to register a .uk domain for a two year period. The change will give businesses and consumers the opportunity to lock in their domains for up to 10 years, giving them security of tenure and a longer period between renewals. One year registrations will also be available.

The changes give registrars - the registration agents for .uk domains - the opportunity to offer a more flexible service.

Before taking the decision, Nominet consulted with its members and stakeholders to ensure their views on whether and how to bring in multi-year registrations were taken into account.

The launch date will allow time for registrars opting for multi-year registrations to develop their systems and plan for any impact this will have on their business.

Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet, said: “For millions of businesses, their domain name is mission critical – from their website to the email addresses it supports. By offering longer registration periods, these businesses will have peace of mind that their domain name is secured for a number of years, and they won’t have to worry about renewing so frequently.”

Registrars will be free to choose the registration periods they offer for .uk domain names.

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For more information

Please contact Patrick Yiu at Brands2Life
nominetuk@brands2life.co.uk
+44 20 7592 1200

About Nominet

Nominet is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the smooth and secure running of the .uk Internet infrastructure. A public service ethos drives everything we do – we strive to make the Internet an ever more trusted space for everyone who uses it.

As one of the world’s largest Internet registries, we maintain a ‘directory’ of domain names ending in.uk, and run the technology which locates the computer hosting the website or email address you are looking for.

We set up and support the Nominet Trust, an independently run charity focussed on increasing access, safety and education on Internet issues.

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