I wonder if Nominet should explicitly reserve .com.uk before the release of .uk? They can never issue names under .com.uk because that would be the most confusing extension ever (much worse than .uk for mix-ups with .co.uk) but it would stop anyone else from doing so and muddying the waters. Not to mention that they might be able to set a redirect at the root level (my tech skills are a bit weak here, so perhaps somebody can provide more clarity) such that *.com.uk would automatically go to *.co.uk In other words, no actual domains under .com.uk ever exist so there's nothing to own, renew, sell etc., but the entire *.com.uk hierarchy is populated with "theoretical" domains that act purely as automatic redirectors (not sure how better to describe it) So you type in www.example.com.uk and the browser bar changes instantly to www.example.co.uk - you can never stop at www.example.com.uk because there's no such thing... Might be a nice little courtesy for Nominet to extend to the .co.uk namespace. Of course, if they don't do it now they can't do it later. NOTE: I would NEVER be in favour of .com.uk domains actually "existing" or being issued "for real", because of the gigantic potential for confusion.