One probable beneficiary of Scotland independence: .SCOT

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So today is the big day for the people of Scotland as well as the UK.

One question that occurs to country code geeks such as myself is what country code domain would Scotland use if/when it became separate from .UK?

It turns out that one domain is already available right now: .scot.

However, this isn’t technically a country code. It’s known as a geographic top-level domain (TLD).

Country codes such as .sc (Seychelles) and .sd (Sudan) are already taken. Now, perhaps the country of Seychelles will gladly license its ccTLD for a healthy fee, along the lines of .tv (Tuvalu) and .co (Colombia).

But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself here…

PS: Here’s a Bloomberg article on Scotland and TLDs.

 

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Author: John Yunker

John co-founded Byte Level Research in 2000 and is author of The Web Globalization Report Card. He also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.