Today I registered a .co.uk I very much want to develop. The previous owner had let it expire. I want to secure the .uk to protect my brand as part of a wider project. However... Ionos mass-registered 10's of thousands of .uk domains on June 6th, and the .uk I want was one of them. In previous conversations with Nominet, Ionos and Fasthosts I've been told they did these mass registrations to protect the .co.uk's brand from "cybersquatters". Now I very much want to develop this name in the .uk as well as the .co.uk form, but I can't because, ironically, Ionos are now cybersquatting on it. I'm trying to escalate this as a test case, because nobody asked Ionos to register that name, and the previous .co.uk holder (who had 5 years if they wanted to reg the .uk) not only didn't want the .uk but as it turns out didn't want the .co.uk and let it expire. It just seems wrong to me that Fasthosts and Ionos sit on (I have the whole file) over 100,000 domains, in breach of the original intention set out by Nominet - and both they and Nominet have claimed it is to protect from cybersquatters, yet the only people cybersquatting this .uk domain is Ionos/Fasthosts. I've been speaking to Ionos this morning to escalate this issue. It is hypocrisy not to release the domain.