Created in 1998 with a philosophy to handle .fr domain names as a public ressource, the AFNIC organises consultative committees twice a year that bring together Option 1 registrars members(1) of the AFNIC and organizations representing users members.
These consultative committees allow exchanges between the AFNIC and its members on important ongoing matters and on the strategical orientations
that may then be submitted to the Board of Directors. The elected Registrars and Users representatives preside over these consultative committees and can, if they wish to do so, cause votes around propositions that will be brought to the Board of Directors.
Consultative committees play an important part in the AFNIC’s life. The richness of the debates reflects the set of problems a registry of national extensions must handle and is a mirror of the tendencies and challenges common to many other registries around the world.
The last Registrars consultative committees was held in Nice on September 22nd 2006, on the initiative of the registrar representatives and the friendly
proposal of French Connexion / Domaine.fr. This meeting was followed on September 26th by the Users consultative committees.
Both meetings allowed to exchange ideas around the different aspects raised by the results of the opening of .fr domains to individuals, to evaluate together some priorities for the AFNIC’s Plan of Actions for 2007, to evoque the relations betwen the AFNIC and its members (specially its registrars) and the possibilities for conceivable rates in 2007.
The next consultative committees will take place in Paris in March 2007.
About the AFNIC
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives
from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service
Articles of association
Information about membership
(1) The registrars are the companies that provide domain names to users. In order to register domain names, the registrars must make their requests to the AFNIC. Only registrars that are Option 1 members of the AFNIC can participate to the consultative committees.
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.