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AFNIC replies to the US government's Request For Comments on the management of the IANA function

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AFNIC has replied to the RFC, highlighting:

the critical, technical role of the IANA function for the Internet. As a key player in the French Internet community, the role of AFNIC is to continue to strengthen that function.

the need to introduce additional mechanisms to govern transparency and accountability into the future IANA management contract. To date, even if the quality of service has greatly improved, there is still not enough transparency in the grounds for rejecting applications or the costs involved.

In addition, through this RFC, AFNIC:

has emphasized that the distribution of IANA functions among the various agencies (ICANN, DoC, Verisign, etc.) is not clear.

suggests that the policies and procedures on which the IANA function is based be developed through open, transparent processes taking into account the wide range of stakeholders concerned.

recommends introducing the possibility for ccTLDs to appeal a decision made by the IANA contractor, in the event that the decision does not comply with existing documented policies.

suggests that IANA – in conjunction with the ccTLD community – develops a minimal service level agreement for its root management function.

suggests that the development of a “Framework for Interpretation” for the delegation and re-delegation of ccTLDs promotes greater transparency in the process.

finally, recalls that the implementation of the IANA function must increase the level of security and stability of the root management function.

AFNIC hopes that this advice will be taken into account, which echoes that also expressed by other players in Internet governance, such as the CENTR and the NRO.

(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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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.