Since the opening of this new phase, several hundred domain names under .fr with 1 & 2 character(s) were registered, illustrating the real interest holders can have for these rare and significative domain names.
Within the last 15 minutes of the previous phase, where domain names were invoiced 5.000 euros excl. VAT each, Afnic noticed an acceleration of registrations (more than 300).
We are now investigating with the concerned registrars in order to make sure they have ensured the necessary funds for this important sum that will flow into the new Afnic foundation for digital solidarity.
Such operation, if done without the will to pay the due amount, would represent a hindrance to the equitable access by all to these domain names. If this would be the case, Afnic would take immediate mesures to punish the guilty registrars and release the domain names unfairly registered.
We will keep you informed on this subject before Tuesday 10 March at noon.
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.