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Q&A: Matt Mansell of 123-reg on the new .uk domains

The recent decision by Nominet to forge ahead with the introduction of new .uk domains has not been met with widespread approval, to say the least. 

Nominet’s own consultations uncovered strong oppostion to the plans, but this was apparently not enough to force a rethink. 

I have made our opposition to the proposals very clear, but one conpany in favour of the planned .uk domians is 123-reg.

I’ve been asking Matt Mansell, Head of Domain Strategy at its parent company Host Europe Group about his views. 

Nominet ploughs ahead with .uk domains despite opposition

Nobody outside of the organisation seems to think this is a good idea, but Nominet is going ahead with the .uk domains anyway

As we have reported before, the plan for the new domains will force many online businesses to grab extra domains, thereby paying extra renewal fees and more. 

There are no convincing benefits for online businesses, though Nominet and its members look set to profit from the move

No matter though, as Nominet has announced that the new domains will be rolled out from summer 2014. 

Five surprising digital data nuggets from the UK

Our Internet Statistics Compendium has seen another bumper update this month, collecting the best freely available data from across the digital spectrum across our easy-to-explore ISC documents.

Perhaps the biggest news on the digital media front in August was the release of the hugely comprehensive Communications Market Report 2013 from Ofcom. 

We look at a good proportion of the report in our latest update, but I wanted to collect several of the findings here – some of which may be surprising, even to those with the keenest eyes on the UK’s digital scene.

Nominet stands to gain millions from .uk domains, but do businesses really need them?

I reported at the end of last year on Nominet’s controversial proposals for .uk domains, which were viewed with scepticism by many businesses. 

Nominet recently came back after a consultation process with modified proposals, but the big question still remains: are they actually necessary? 

The problem is that this move potentialy devalues .co.uk domains, and will therefore force businesses to cough up for the .uk equivalent.  

And who benefits? Nominet, to the tune of £25m+…

Start Me Up! A profile of Kickdynamic

Email marketing is still one of the most effective channels for reaching your audience, but the inbox has become increasingly crowded these days.

Kickdynamic is a startup aiming to help you keep your message fresh through a product and analytics suite that puts live content in your control, post send button.

We spoke with Matt Hayes, Kickdynamic’s co-founder to get a better picture of the product offering and the team’s approach.