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

Adam Peake ajp at glocom.ac.jp
Thu Nov 10 21:04:55 UTC 2011

Interesting part of the article:


Nominet suggests one solution would be for the both name to be
registered. Website addresses ending in either suffix could then
direct users to the same place.

However, ICANN is charging $185,000 (£116,045) per application and is
refusing to let Wales be a special case.

The Welsh business minister, Edwina Hart, said last week that she is
not considering paying for either application."

Minister Hart is a member of the National Assembly for Wales, not for
UK parliamentary seat, not an MP and not a minister in David Cameron's
government, not with a voice in the GAC, but she through the National
Assembly for Wales has some powers to make policy for Wales...
confused? I know I am! Perhaps all become clear when the applications
process opens.


On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 3:27 AM, 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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