The landrush phase for the remaining 2,640, out of a total of 49,223, short domains, those of one or two characters, will begin on 23 May Nominet, the registry for .UK domain names, has announced.
Throughout the application window, registrants can apply for the short domains they are interested in via their registrars. Each application costs £10 + VAT, which is non-refundable.
To ensure all interested parties can take part, a Landrush application window opens at midday (12.00 BST) on 23 May 2011 and will close at midday (12.00 BST) 15 June 2011. During this period, these domain names will not be available on a first come first served basis.
Any domain name for which there is only one qualifying application (see section 6 of the Sunrise Process and Registration Rules) will be allocated on 23rd June.
Domain names which receive more than one application will go to auction, and the domain name will be awarded to the applicant who places the highest bid. The auctions will take place from 20 July onwards. Details will be sent to participants in advance. Any profits from the auctions will go to Nominet Trust.
The remaining .uk short domains will be made available on a first-come, first served basis from 27 June 2011.
For more information, see the Nominet website here.
To register your .UK domain name, including those in the landrush, check out Europe Registry here.