Scotland Gov't Calls for UK’s Support over Dot Scot Domain

The Scottish Government has asked the UK government to allocate a distinct internet identity to the province of Scotland.

According to reports, the government of Scotland has appealed to Ed Vaizey - the communication minister in the UK government, to back up its claim for a separate Web domain - ‘dotSCOT’ in the cyberspace.

Apparently, it was Alex Nail, the cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, who wrote to Vaizey asking for his support to the not-for-profit company Dot Scot Registry (DSR).

When, and if allotted, Scotland based websites will have the option of using the suffix .scot instead of the present .co.uk or .com domains.

The ICANN (International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) had announced earlier in the year, stating that it was going to make available the application window for new Top Level Domains (TLD) for three months from January 12, 2012.

"The Scottish Government is behind this company because we believe there is strong demand for a dotSCOT domain and that it should be run as a public resource on a not-for-profit basis that will quickly become self-financing,” Mr. Neil said, according to a The Press Association report.