Today, Ashley La Bolle, Director of Domains at Tucows, announced her candidacy for the Nominet Registry Advisory Council (RAC).

The newly launched RAC was designed to advocate on behalf of Nominet members, giving them a voice in how the .UK TLD registry is run. The council will include six elected Nominet members, with two representatives from the large, mid-to-small, and secondary market segments.

We ask Nominet members to support Ashley La Bolle in joining the RAC by giving her first preference in the ranked choice voting, which ends on July 22, 2021.

Why this matters

As shown by our support for the Public Benefit Initiative in the recent Emergency General Meeting, Tucows has called on Nominet to operate in a secure, stable, cost-efficient, and community-oriented manner. However, our calls—and the calls of the majority of Nominet members—have been ignored.

In past years, the Nominet board has removed all forums for constructive member dialogue, ultimately eliminating registry engagement. This lack of engagement has led to deep frustration and a disconnect between what members want and how the registry is run.

Tucows sees the RAC as an avenue to reignite member discussion and raise issues in a transparent manner. By supporting Tucows’ bid to join the RAC, you are supporting our continued effort to return Nominet to its core values:

  1. Refocus Nominet’s role as a domain registry operator,
  2. Maximize the organization’s public benefit impact,
  3. Manage costs and director/executive compensation responsibly, and
  4. Provide members with ongoing opportunities to effect change.


How to vote

Nominet members can vote until July 22, 2021. Voting instructions were emailed from Civica Election Services (CES) on June 30th.

Should you have any questions about Ashley’s candidacy, Tucows’ stance on Nominet issues, or general questions, please contact [email protected].

We hope we can count on your support.