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AFNIC publishes an overview of the consultation on the opening of the .fr TLD to Europe

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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.
Three observations
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.

Next steps
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).
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