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Afnic to Consult on Opening Registration to Domain Names with 1 or 2 Characters

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image opening charactersIn accordance with the State / Afnic agreement of July 2012, Afnic wishes to set up a procedure for registering domain names in one or two alphanumeric and/or alphabetic characters.

In order to present the work already done and to collect the public’s opinions and suggestions on the future process, Afnic is opening the project to public consultation from March 25 to April 16 2013 at midnight. Through these exchanges, you are invited, among others, to express your opinion on:

  • Whether or not to use an auction system for the registration of domain names with one or two characters;
  • Whether the registration process should be in two phases, beginning with a “sunrise period”;
  •  whether the “first come, first served” rule should be applied;

The consultation is a unique opportunity to give us your feedback and comments on the various possible procedures, as well as suggest certain restrictions on domain names with 1 or 2 characters.

Reply to the public consultation


More information on the State / Afnic agreement

More information on the decree of June 25, 2012

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.