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AFNIC's consultative committees agree on the implementation of EPP

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Press release
Saint Quentin en Yvelines, March 17th 2008

AFNIC’s consultative committees have convened on the 13th and the 14th of March 2008, following an intense
semester when AFNIC has passed one million registrations in .fr.

A number of important changes have been outlined, like the
new distinction made between
.fr registrars and AFNIC members.
As .fr registrars are no more automatically AFNIC’s members, it was a success to note
that over 70 of the registrars are now voluntarily members, along with 12 users representing legal entities,
11 users representing natural persons and 32 members from the International College of AFNIC.
946 registrars are currently registered as AFNIC customers.
These figures show the diversity of AFNIC membership, and the support of the community to the multi-stakeholder approach
within the .fr.

Technical changes have also been discussed, with the decision taken to migrate the registration system to EPP,
in order to meet the needs expressed by a majority of registrars and to match the markets current standards.
This work, a top priority one for AFNIC in the next months, will be done together by AFNIC and some voluntary
registrars, in a working group set for this occasion, aiming at launching EPP within 12 to 18 months.

The AFNIC team is proud of what as been accomplished recently, like the opening of the .fr
to individuals, and of all the efforts made to make .fr ever simpler, speeder, and more affordable.
Honoured by the renewed confidence put in the AFNIC by the community during these consultative committees,
we hope the public consultation aiming at
designating the registries for the French territory Internet Top Level Domains
will start soon.

Further information about…

EPP (Extensible Provisioning Protocol) :
EPP is a communication protocol between a domain name registry and domain name registrars :

It is described, among others, in RFC 4930:

About the AFNIC
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )

Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re
(Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers
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.