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Give your views to help shape a new online home for Wales

Nominet consults on plans for Top Level Domains for Wales.

A consultation to help shape the new internet domains for Wales is being launched by Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation best known for running the .uk infrastructure.

Speaking at the Institute of Directors Annual Lunch in Cardiff today, Nominet Chair Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE said, “The new Welsh domains will play a positive role in raising the brand profile of Wales and ensuring a greater Welsh presence on the internet. This consultation is the opportunity for the Welsh community to tell us how they want the domains to work.”

Having submitted applications for .cymru and .wales earlier this year, Nominet is now seeking views to ensure that the new top level domains meet the needs of a wide range of stakeholders in Wales and beyond. Feedback is being sought on a number of areas including:

  • Whether there should be any link between the .cymru and .wales domain names and if so, how such a connection might operate.
  • Whether there should be any restrictions on who could register a .cymru or .wales domain.
  • The approach to managing domain names in Welsh.
  • Proposals for the launch of the new domain name spaces, including the approach to trademarks and other rights.

An independent economic study conducted by LE Wales last year found widespread support from both businesses and consumers for Wales establishing its own domain space on the internet. The study concluded that there were strong opportunities for business to brand ‘Wales’ to the world and to strengthen the visibility and use of the Welsh language on the internet.

Formally launching the consultation Baroness Fritchie commented: “We believe that the new top level domains will help to create a vibrant and trusted online home for Wales. We are now consulting extensively in order to develop policies that will enable us to offer domain name spaces that meet the needs of the Welsh community as a whole.”

Ieuan Evans MBE, who chairs Nominet’s Wales Advisory Group, said: “Promoting and positioning Wales to the global market place should really concern us all if we are to gain economic prosperity. We all recognise the value that a strong Welsh brand can bring on the international stage and the new top level domains will really help to support this. Many people will want to have their say on how the new domains will work. I am proud to be able to play a role in this process and I would urge you to do the same by responding to the consultation."

Nominet is currently awaiting final approval of the applications for .cymru and .wales from ICANN, the global body that oversees the domain name system.

Nominet’s consultation starts today and remains open until 28 February 2013. The full consultation document is available at bit.ly/cymru-wales

For further information about .cymru & .wales please visit www.domainforwales.org.uk.