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  Last updated 25 June 2002

What is a Pre-Nominet domain name?

A pre-Nominet domain name is any .uk domain name registration that was applied for before 1 August 1996, when Nominet UK took over the management of the .uk Register Database.

How can I identify a pre-Nominet domain name?

Any .uk domain name that does not have a created date is a pre-Nominet domain name registration.

How can I get a list of the pre-Nominet domains that are on my Tag?

You can tell which domain names on your Tag are pre-Nominet by using the list facility on the automaton (details can be found on our website at http://www.nominet.org.uk/auto/autohelp.html#Obtaining if you need them). Any domains that have a created date which is pre-1 August 1996, or have no created date at all, are pre-Nominet registrations.

What services do Nominet currently provide for the pre-Nominet domain names?

Nominet's database contains a number of registrations which were made before August 1996 when Nominet took over the management of the .uk Register Database.

Over the last six years Nominet has continued to provide services for pre-Nominet domain names including:

  • pointing to the name servers specified in the relevant Register database entries
  • maintaining the relevant zonefile entries for those domain names.

Both of these services have been provided free of charge, however Nominet is not contractually obliged to provide such services or to maintain the registrations.

Why has Nominet now decided to address the pre-Nominet domain name registrations?

Nominet's Council of Management (CoM) and Policy Advisory Board (PAB) have decided that Nominet cannot provide the above services free of charge indefinitely to pre-Nominet domain name holders, and it must take steps to regularise the position. Nominet will therefore now seek to bring the pre-Nominet domains onto our terms and conditions.

What action will Nominet take next?

In the near future, we will be writing to all Registrants of pre-Nominet domain names to ask them to confirm their domain name registration under Nominet's terms and conditions. A flowchart displaying Nominet's pre-Nominet domain names project can be found here.

What terms are being offered to the pre-Nominet domain name Registrants?

After an initial free registration period of 2 years the pre-Nominet domain name registrations will be subject to the domain name registration renewal fees in force at the time. Members of Nominet are currently charged a renewal fee of 5 for two years.

If after 3 months we receive no response from the registrants or they confirm that they do not wish to continue their registrations on these terms, Nominet will withdraw its services (of pointing to the name servers and maintaining the zonefile for the domain name registrations). Any such registrations will then be cancelled in due course if there is no change in the position.

What action should Tag holders now take?

Tag holders should now review the pre-Nominet domain names that are associated with their Tag and ensure that these domain name records hold up-to-date Registrant contact details. This will help Nominet greatly when contacting pre-Nominet Registrants.

Will Nominet publish a list of all pre-Nominet domains?

In order to maintain Nominet's policy of .uk domain names being available for registration on a first come, first served basis, we do not have any plans to provide a list of pre-Nominet domains that are to be released for re-registration.

Where can we find further information?

You can contact the project team by email to pre-nom@nominet.org.uk, by telephoning 01865 332211 or by fax to 01865 332288. Please direct all enquiries regarding pre-Nominet domain name registrations to the project team who will be happy to help.

Contact Details

Nominet UK
Sandford Gate
Sandy Lane West

phone: 01865 332211
fax: 01865 332288
email: pre-nom@nominet.org.uk

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