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First domain names created by the AFNIC under .wf (Wallis and Futuna)

Press release

April 4, 2008 -

Press release Saint Quentin en Yvelines, April 04th 2008 The AFNIC recently registered the first thirteen domain names under .wf, upon request from the French Government and Wallis & Futuna local Authorities. Within the context of broadband now being available in Wallis & Futuna, this move aims at supporting the development of local Internet use. This first group of domain names gives symbolically birth to .wf, while talks about the marketing of this ccTLD (country-code Top Level Domain) are about to start. The AFNIC is also in charge of .pm (Saint-Pierre & Miquelon) and .yt (Mayotte) which registration policy is still to be discussed upon the local Internet communities and in accordance with the regulatory framework set by February the 6th, 2007 decree, issued by the French Government. As a result, the AFNIC joined the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (www.aptld.org). About the AFNIC (Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération ) Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names. The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars). Further information.
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About AFNIC

Afnic (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" i.e. the French Network Information Centre), is a non-profit association. For 20 years, we have been the registry for the management of Internet addresses under the .fr TLD suffix. We also manage the French overseas TLDs for .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), and .yt (Mayotte). In addition to the more than 3.2 million domain names they represent, we are also the back-end registry for 14 companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD suffix including .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf. We actively support the digital transformation of small and mid-size businesses in France with our system Réussir en .fr (www.reussir-en.fr) and offer a free online presence support package ranging from diagnostic tools to on-site training throughout France. As an association, we federate a community of more than one hundred members with varied profiles but all of whom are stakeholders on the web: registrars, companies, federations, users, institutions, etc. Our role is part of a broader assignment involving the common good, which consists in helping to make the Internet more secure, stable and open to innovation each day, in which the French Internet community plays a leading role. In addition, we pay 90% of the profits from the management of the .fr TLD to our Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity (www.fondation-afnic.fr) which each year finances some thirty projects designed to reduce the digital divide throughout France.