After consultation of the participants for Réunion Island through the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the AFNIC informs that .re domain names will not be opened to individuals on June 20th 2006.
The participants from Réunion wished to first heighten the use of .re domains by local legal entities before thinking of any kind of
opening to individuals or any modification of the actual Charter.
Therefore the .re Charter will not be changed and the
territorial criterias will stay compulsory for national, european or international trademark holders. These trademarks still need to aim
the French territory. Without domiciliation on the island, these trademark holders cannot apply for a .re domain name.
This means that the June 20th opening concerns exclusively .fr domain names.
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, donates 90% of its profits to its 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.