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  11 January 2002

Those wanting to create their own personal cyberspace can now use their name as a web address, following the launch of a new Second Level Domain (SLD), .me.uk.

In the first new category to be introduced by national Registry, Nominet UK, since its inception in 1996, the addresses are intended for use by individuals.

"To date there has been no SLD within the .uk Registry which specifically serves the interests of individuals, so today marks an important step forward in the way people express themselves on the web," explained Dr Willie Black, managing director of Nominet UK.

"To register their own personal domain name, people should contact their Internet Service Provider or one of the many domain name registration agents operating in the UK," Dr Black added.

The new domain names will be registered on a first come, first served basis and to discourage cybersquatters from speculative registrations, the registration fee for Nominet members will be £50 + VAT, a figure that will gradually reduce to the standard fee of £5 over the next six months. All registrations will be subject to Nominet's existing dispute resolution procedures.

Further information can be found at www.nominet.org.uk/meuk