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AFNIC Consultative Committees Discuss the Directions Taken since its Appointment as official Registry for .fr Top Level ...

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In particular, the committees discussed the following matters:
New services
– DNSSEC Project:

The .fr and .re country code Top Level Domains will be signed with DNSSEC beginning September 14th, 2010.
DNSSEC is a protocol intended to strengthen the security of DNS replies by guaranteeing the authenticity of the data with the cryptographic signature of DNS registrations. The signature of the .fr and .re zones will mark an important step forward in the overall security of DNS. Further technical details will be released next June.

Policies of the .fr Registry
– Registrar promotion:

the opportunity to use a specific logo will be offered to certain registrars, highlighting their expertise. This will be available to any registrar as soon as at least one employee obtains certification as a specialist on the .fr Top Level Domain. The requirements for certification will be finalized in the second semester of 2010.
A “registrar price and quality of service report�? will be set up at the beginning of 2011 with the goal of providing users more accessible information on the services and pricing offered by various providers. The evaluation standards will be finalized in the second semester of 2010.

– Opening the .fr extension to the European Union

The .fr country code Top Level Domain will be available to all individuals and organizations based in the European Union by March 2012, i.e., two years from the time that AFNIC was appointed as Registry.
In the coming months, AFNIC will issue a call for comments focused on this issue.

For further information:
– DNSSEC Project: 

(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.