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AFNIC launches a public survey on making .fr available to European Union

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How to check registrant identity, what checks need to be made, how long should registrants be given to respond… these are just three of the nine major themes that AFNIC is using to unveil its proposals concerning the opening of .fr top level domain in Europe. This questionnaire should allow internet users, registrars, registrants, intellectual property firms, and so on, to voice their opinions on the following :   

information to be provided by domain name registrants ;

compliance criteria ;

 initiating compliance checks ;

 respective roles of AFNIC and registrars ;

 response times granted to registrants ;

consequences of the compliance checks ;

information to the public on data acuracy ;

updating of administrative data ;

administrative contact ;

The public consultation on the opening of .fr in Europe is part of AFNIC’s responsibility as the government-appointed .fr registry. AFNIC is due to open the .fr top level domain  to businesses and individuals residing within the European Union within two years. AFNIC is also committed to ensuring open and transparent dialogue – including  calling for public comments – as part of its policy decision process. The launch of the public consultation follows the talks debate in  General Assembly on 11 June.
Your time to speak !
You are an Internet user, a registrant, a registrar, an intellectual property law office, or other, do not hesitate, you can help shape this policy.

You can participate by answering our questionnaire, even partially, and send your contribution before September 12th 26th, 2010:

by e-mail to: ; Subject : AFNIC – Survey on availibility of .fr to European Union

by post to:
AFNIC, Immeuble International, 78181 St Quentin en Yvelines cedex, France.

Download the survey on availibility of .fr to European Union (233 Ko)
This file can be open, filled and saved with Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free.

AFNIC will publish a summary of the answers – all replies will obviously remain strictly anonymous.
The results of this request for comments will be used to structure the dialogue process that AFNIC will organise in the autumn as part of its consultative committees, with a view to possible ratification of the opening policy before the end of 2010. Registrations are expected to be opened to European businesses and residents before the end of 2011.

Update on September 8th, 2010:  Deadline extended to September 26th, 2010.

(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.