Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 16th October 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will review the regulation of the process for domain names registration in the light of the dominant position held by Nominet.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Nominet is a private not-for-profit business with a public purpose agenda, and any surplus generated by the company is donated to the Nominet Trust. While Nominet is responsible for the domain name registration process in the .uk space, UK internet users are able to choose from over 20 alternative Top Level Domain names including com, .net, .eu, and .org, as well as .uk and over 250 other country codes. Additionally, users will soon be able to choose from over 1,400 generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) names as a result of ICANN's gTLD programme. This provides a highly competitive market, offering businesses, and individuals, choice.

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