Eleven contributions were received. In terms of profiles, the respondents were holders of domain names (.fr and other TLDs), registrars, patent attorneys, and Internet users.
We should like to express our warm thanks to the participants in the consultation for their contributions, but regret the small number of responses, given the importance of this new opening for the .fr TLD.
The answers allow us to draw three main lessons:
Among the nine topics covered in the consultation, no fundamental point blocking the opening of .fr to Europe was raised by respondents.
The contributions of the participants enabled identification of the main discussion points, such as the information to be provided to the registrant, the residence of the administrative contact, and the status of the domain name during the verification.
Finally, the reachability of registrants was considered to be more important for legal representatives than the formers’ eligibility. This was underlined by the fact that more than 2/3 of the participants in the consultation were in favour of updating administrative data (via an annual update of the contact details of the holders). In the same vein, the respondents believed that in the event of incorrect contact details, a domain name should be systematically blocked.
A preliminary draft of the changes to the rules for registration of the .fr TLD, based on recommendations by the AFNIC Legal working group, the Consultative Committees and the contributions received during the public consultation, will be submitted to the next Board of Directors, to be held on November 19th.
The opening of the .fr TLD to Europe is scheduled for late 2011.
(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, 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.