Big Wet Fish Hosting supports the Nominet Public Benefit Campaign
Grab a Coffee and have a read at this post alongside the URLs listed from both sides of the argument and we value any comments from you. We’ve decided to Vote YES at the...
Grab a Coffee and have a read at this post alongside the URLs listed from both sides of the argument and we value any comments from you. We’ve decided to Vote YES at the Nominet UK Extraordinary General Meeting and we want to tell you why. It’s likely most of our clients will not have much interest in this (as all you need is a working domain and website!) but we felt we wanted to let you know there is a vote coming up in Nominet UK in the next few weeks and that we are voting YES to help restore Nominet’s purpose.
Working to restore Nominet Public Benefit
For those who do not know, Nominet are the .UK Domain Names body and they manage all UK domain names. We are Nominet Members and can vote to shape the future of this organisation. As a company and Nominet member we do not usually get involved in ‘politics’ in the governance of Nominet UK but we are becoming involved in this campaign after carefully reviewing the facts.
Please read the following URLs to read up on this issue from both sides:
Public Benefit UK: https://publicbenefit.uk
Public Benefit UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/publicbenefituk
Nominet EGM Page: https://nominet.uk/egm
Nominet Twitter: https://twitter.com/nominet
The Register News Article: https://www.theregister.com/2021/02/11/nominet_board_offer/
Letter to Chair from Public Benefit:
Message from the Board to Nominet Members:
We called Simon from Public Benefit UK on Friday and informed him we would be nominating him as our Proxy at the EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) and as a company and Nominet Member we have chosen to vote YES.
Why have we decided to vote yes?
If you had called me two weeks ago I would have told you that as a company we generally do not get involved in politics surrounding the governance of UK domain names but having done a lot of research we changed our minds and feel this campaign is strong and worth our voting YES. Some of the many reasons are listed below:
I would invite you to browse all websites at the top of this blog post to get both sites of the story and we hope that our small number of votes combined with the hundreds of other members who have chosen to Vote Yes will help “Restore Nominet’s Purpose” as you can read here: https://publicbenefit.uk/
The Public Benefit Campaign is being run by stalwarts from the hosting industry who have been in business longer than us. We feel it is just simply untrue for Nominet to suggest that if less than half their board are removed the organisation will effectively fall apart.
The Two Step Credible Plan from Public Benefit UK:
Having successfully called an EGM on 02/02/2021 with 11.9% of the voting rights (we needed 5%) we have a clear and strong path to recovery and continued self-governance.
Remove 5 of the 11 board members (this is LESS THAN HALF the board)
The remaining 6 board members convene meeting and appoint Sir Michael Lyons and Axel Pawlik as Chair and Deputy Chair respectively.
This new team will have a strong member-backed mandate to implement the Goals listed on the Public Benefit UK website (see above) , therefore ensuring Nominet flourishes, independent, for another 25 years.
25 years of Independence
The .UK namespace is critical infrastructure; vital to the national interest, commerce and the wider Internet community. Nominet is an incredible organisation that can proudly boast superb technical capabilities, a deep and passionate community and an altruistic spirit.
For the last 25 years Nominet has managed itself and we members must demonstrate to industry and government that we have the means to continue to do so. If we do not, Nominet could be the target of Government intervention.
Thanks for reading this. This is a really worthwhile cause where we want to help Restore the Public Benefit of Nominet and bring it back to how the founders envisaged it would be.
Owner and Managing Director