Please note: this information was sent by e-mail and by Isabel Toutaud to every ISP member three times: on December, 17 2004, on February 3 and March, 7 2005.
The AFNIC’s Board of Directors has decided on November, 19th 2004 that two procedures of the “Domain name” form should be removed by March, 15 2005.
Modifying the syntax of a domain name, procedure (N)
This procedure was introduced when the Naming charter authorized only one domain name by entity. Now this procedure is obsolete.
From March, 15th 2005, in order to correct the syntax of a domain name, you will have to create a new domain name (procedure C) and then delete the domain name with the bad syntax (procedure S).
There will not be extra charge.
General modifications, procedure (M)
From March, 15, you will have to use the “Modifications Administratives” procedure (A) to modify administrative details and / or the
“Modifications Techniques” procedure (T) for technical configuration changes.
Please note that the procedures A and T were introduced with the liberalization of the .fr / .re registration rules in May, 2004.
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.