[At-Large] BBC News: .wales and .cymru internet domain names find support

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Thu Nov 10 20:11:36 UTC 2011

It should be noted that the survey was done by the registry for .uk, and I
would want to know whether it would be the group to apply for the Welsh
TLD(s) before I would accept the impartiality of the survey.

I also note that no question was made regarding whether Welsh taxpayers
would be willing to pay the substantial costs incurred by creating the
registry (I can't see such an effort proceeding without subsidy from the
Welsh Office, they've already spent £20,000 and the BBC article suggests no
more is forthcoming). Or whether businesses operating UK-wide might object
to having to register (and pay for) domains in .uk *and* .cymru
*and*.wales (along with perhaps .scot).

The website of the Welsh
Nationalists<http://www.english.plaidcymru.org/?force=1>makes zero
mention of a welsh TLD, so the issue isn't on their radar (I
guess, because if Welsh Nationalists get their way, Wales will qualifty for
a ccTLD without needing $185,000 to get it). Reading further down the
article, it looks like the survey is an indication of a fight between
Nominet and an existing community effort <http://www.dotcym.org/home/>

All this ... in the face of the Prime Minister of Wales coming out
explicitly against *any* TLD effort <http://www.dotcym.org/home/?p=151>!

In other words ... and as so frequently is the case ... except for the
people who stand to generate revenue from the effort and a handful of
national-pride geeks, this seems to be a a solution in search of a problem.

Evan Leibovitch, Toronto Canada
Em: evan at telly dot org
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On 10 November 2011 13:27, Dev Anand Teelucksingh <admin at ttcsweb.org> wrote:

> "A survey of Welsh businesses and consumers suggests a majority of
> both support the nation getting its own domain name.
> The move would offer website owners the chance to end their address
> with .wales and .cymru, instead of .uk.
> Internet regulator ICANN will allow countries and other organisations
> to apply for the new names from January.
> Supporters say it could help with branding, but critics warn it may
> increase the opportunity for fraud.
> The poll was commissioned by the not-for-profit domain registry
> service Nominet. It suggests 69% of consumers backed the move and 59%
> of Welsh businesses and other bodies.
> The poll used a sample of 1,003 individuals - 21% of whom were Welsh
> speakers - and 250 senior decision makers in Welsh organisations
> However the survey suggested splits over which name to take."
> Read rest of article:
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15658689
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