By Chris Telfer 2 years ago at 03:40
Officials from the Scottish government have made a request to UK communications minister Ed Vaizey to support their bid to create a top level domain for Scotland.
Fronting the bid is Alex Neil, Scottish infrastructure and investment secretary, who wrote a letter to the communications secretary asking him to pledge his support for the Dot Scot Registry, who are the non-profit organisation that has been setup to secure the new top level domain.
"I am sure the UK Government with its responsibility for internet governance will want to support us," said the secretary.
He further added “DotScot will be a wonderful asset for establishing a distinctive online identity for many organisations and people who have been described as the worldwide family of Scots and want to demonstrate that identity online."
The move by Scottish officials towards a new top level domain comes as Icann, the international regulator for domain names, has announced that it will be accepting applications for new domains from the 12th of January next year, for a period of three months.
Of those applying, it is expected that .NYC, .London, .Berlin, and .Cymru, along with .Scot, are likely candidates to get approval.