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Irish domainers might get easy access to .IE domains but not everyone is happy

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The Irish might get easier access to domains ending in .IE, the national ccTLD of Ireland.

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), wants to eliminate the current rule that requires a valid reason for registering a .IE domain, and make it that an applicant only has to prove a connection to Ireland.

 

IEDR CEO, David Curtin, said:

“By dropping the ‘claim to a name’ requirement but retaining the connection to Ireland, we are removing a hurdle that slows down some registrants from getting started with a .ie address.”

But not everyone is going to be happy, should this change.

Some believe that the drop of the valid reason requirement will lead to domains being “warehoused” or “squatted.”

Said Barbara Edwards:

“I don’t think it should be changed. As a small business owner with a .ie site people do trust it more, precisely because of the rules to setting one up. I feel it would dilute the value of the .ie domain in general.”

User “ionhax” quipped the exact opposite sentiment:

“About 20 years too late! Protectionist group of people. Drip feeding functionality and services over the years and charging a fortune for it. Now that all established business interests have their domains they ran out of new customers. We’ll be seeing only stupid domains from here on registered. Norealcompetition.ie”

As of June 2017, there were 230,611 .IE domains registered; during the first half of 2017, 20,255 new .IE domains were registered.

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