Saint Quentin en Yvelines, July 6 2005
Following a series of articles published by the specialized press,
legal claimants complained to AFNIC about KLTE doings, and more
precisely stated prejudicing registrations in the .fr area via
a registrar named
The AFNIC has for duty to enforce the naming Charter for .fr, together with the membership agreement signed by every registrar.
Consequently, contact was already made with KLTE Limited and with the concerned registrar in order to obtain explanations and expose the different steps that the AFNIC was entitled to take in such a matter.
The board of directors of the AFNIC will make known his decision very soon.
A communiqué will then be published.
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.