Internet: Northern Ireland

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 18th March 2021.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) Ofcom and (b) web hosting and registrar companies to ensure that Northern Irish businesses are able to maintain EU website domains.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State

The .eu domain is controlled by EURid, the registry manager appointed by the European Commission. Following the end of the transition period, many UK businesses are no longer eligible to hold, register or renew a .eu domain name.

Officials in my Department have carried out extensive engagement with the relevant businesses and trade associations to inform UK holders of .eu domains of this change before the end of this period. We have also engaged with the devolved administrations, including the Northern Ireland Civil Service on this issue.

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