The Board noted AFNIC’s Report on Activities for the last six months (the September/October 2009 Autumn advertising campaign, key figures, etc.), and then approved the measures outlined in the 2010 action plan and the arrangements for making .fr domain names available to French people living abroad.
This availability of .fr domain to French expatriates will only become effective once the .fr registrar has been designated. It is also subject to some quite specific provisions :
The present process for registration and verification of individuals will be maintained :
There will be no new technical tests on entry of the data, in order to minimize the burden of checking domain name holders’ geographical location ;
AFNIC will check eligibility with the registrars managing the domain name :
The administrative contact person must have a presence on French territory ;
These eligibility checks will be triggered by complaints from outside, as well as in the course of random checking.
It is expected that this extension of availability will become effective during the first half of 2010. The exact timetable will be published in the next few weeks.
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, donates 90% of its profits to its Foundation for Digital Solidarity. Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has 80 employees.