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AFNIC Consultative Committees affirm their interest in EPP

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Call for bidders to manage the .fr
On March 9th, after Mr Luc Chatel -Secretary of State for Industry and Consumption- settled the appointment process of the Registry for the French Internet domains, AFNIC handed its application file to the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment.
In its answer, the current .fr registry has outlined an open and sharing approach, in a non profit and neutral framework.
AFNIC would like to thank all the French and foreign people who expressed their support to its candidacy: members of French Parliament, corporates, professional and user associations, research and education institutions, registrars, French cities and international domain names stakeholders.
EPP, an easier registration interface
In addition , after 18 months of intense work and in close collaboration with the different registrars, the new interface based on EPP protocol will be launched on March 30th.
More simple in its use, this interface, based on new procedures and registration rules, will ease the daily life of the domain names users:

simplification on a registrar change procedure;
simplification of domain bulk registration;
extension of the redemption period of a domain name.

For further information: read the press release on the EPP launch and the new procedures, released on March 12th 2009.
Next meetings
The next AFNIC Consultative Committees will take place in Paris, on October 8th and 9th 2009.
They are open to every member of the Association .
In order to become a Member of the Association:

(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).
Further information.


About Afnic

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, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic 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 nearly 90 employees.