The consequences of the decision of the Constitutional Court
The decision by the Constitutional Court to consider as unconstitutional article L. 45 of the French Electronic Communications Act, which is the legal framework of domain names management in France, was discussed in detail. The consequences of the decision were discussed extensively during the committee meetings.
The members present stated their plea for a clear legislative framework by 1 July 2011 and underlined their support for AFNIC.
They welcomed Mr. Mathieu P, the initiator of the proceedings before the Constitutional Court, for a constructive exchange of views on the decision, its grounds, and the consequences for the stakeholders.
The priorities for 2011
The consultative committees also discussed the 2011 Business Plan, which includes a certain number of major issues, including input for the implementation of a new legal framework as of 1 July 2011, the launch of IDNs at the second level, ability to register .fr domains for more than one year and the finalisation of the deployment of DNSSEC.
The action plan will be presented to and voted on by the Board of Directors on 19 November 2010.
French domain name law censored by Constitutional Court
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
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.