Now there is more good news for patriots north of the border, with the announcement that the eagerly awaited .scot domain address is to be available sooner than originally thought.
The Glasgow based non-profit company Dot Scot Registry (DSR) has agreed terms with the international regulatory authority, the Internet Corporate for Assigned Names and Numbers, paving the way to the .scot name to be a Top Level Domain.
It is believed that the .scot name could be available as early as this summer, in time for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games.
Dot Scot Registry director, Gavin McCutcheon, said: “We aim to make .scot domains as affordable as possible, and our not for profit structure allows us to do so. With a .scot domain there will be a new option for anyone involved in Scottish business, arts and culture, and to anyone who wishes to identify themselves as Scottish to the online world.”
He added that DSR has been flooded with requests for the name, especially by ex-pats as far afield as the US, Canada, New Zealand, even a bagpipe band from India. “The demand is so great that we will be in profit within the first year”, added Mr McCutcheon. “Surplus profits will be donated to new small business.”
The Scottish Government has long supported DSR’s campaign for this key piece of national online identity. First Minister Alex Salmond welcomes the news: “The. scot domain has been long overdue in this digital age. The worldwide Scottish community has been waiting patiently since it was first proposed, and they will soon be able to have this marvellously expressive domain as their online identity of choice.”