Cut price UK domain registrar mystery

Who is behind the elusive UK Fast Hosting

There's confusion today surrounding exactly who is behind a new service that claims to offer "the [cheapest] .co.uk domain names in the UK." The Register received a spam email last Monday describing how UK Fast Hosting could register a .co.uk domain for the cut price of just £29 for two years. But a trace of UK Fantastic Limited -- the company reportedly behind UK Fast Hosting -- revealed that it is registered by Business Information Research and Reporting (BIRR) based in Cardiff. BIRR, as well as offering a number of business-to-business services, registers companies for some of its clients. Spokeswoman Irene Harrison said BIRR had nothing whatsoever to do with the Web site or the spam. So if BIRR isn't involved, who exactly is behind this incredible offer? There are no contact details -- no addresses, telephone numbers, nothing -- on the site other than an email address. The Register tried to contact UK Fantastic and did receive an email on Wednesday from someone called "Nick Marshall" who claims to work for UK Fantastic. He has hasn't been in contact since and has failed to reply to requests for an interview. ®

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