The registry responsible for domain names in the United Kingdom, Nominet, has announced that registration of domain names directly under the ‘.uk’ top-level domain name extension, such as ‘domain.uk’, will be made available from the summer of 2014. Currently, registrations are possible only at the third level, for example ‘domain.co.uk’, ‘domain.org.uk’ or ‘domain.net.uk’. However, the opening of new registrations directly under ‘.uk’ will not affect registrations or renewals of third-level domain names under the existing extensions run by Nominet, namely ‘.co.uk’, ‘.org.uk’, ‘.net.uk’, ‘.me.uk’, ‘.plc.uk’, ‘.ltd.uk’ and ‘sch.uk’ (there are others which are not run by Nominet, such as ‘.gov.uk’ or ‘.ac.uk’).

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