Two calls for proposals have been launched to select the first 100 domain names to use the .paris gTLD. Applicants are invited to register on mondomaine.paris.fr to be among the first 100 to use the .paris gTLD for their website. The calls for proposals represent a unique opportunity for applicants to benefit in advance from the brand image and goodwill represented by the new namespace for the .paris gTLD.
- The first call for proposals will allow applicants to have a domain name corresponding to their business or brand, with conditions appropriate to their status (major corporations, institutions, SMEs, startups, association, blogger, etc.). As well as gaining an exclusive domain name and high visibility, these pioneers will become ambassadors for the .paris gTLD and participate with Paris City Hall in building up recognition for the new namespace.
- The 2nd call for proposals will allow candidates to introduce new intuitive and innovative services using domain names with the .paris gTLD, such as visite.paris or transport.paris.
Applicants have until December 16, 2013 to file their domain name application, which will then be assessed according to various criteria. The first domain names with the .paris gTLD are scheduled go live in the second half of 2014.
The .paris gTLD is one of the 17 gTLD projects backed by Afnic as the technical registry operator.
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 80 employees.