Launched on 2 September 1986, the .fr TLD is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Among the many events planned to celebrate the milestone, AFNIC would like to introduce the private fans and professional followers who have played an active role the success of the national extension and have made AFNIC a key player in the French Internet ecosystem.
The magazine covers:
- highlights in the history of the .fr TLD since its inception;
- what goes on behind the scenes of the .fr TLD, with testimonials from the women and men who “work in the wings”;
- testimonials from project owners, business leaders and heads of institutions that have chosen the .fr extension, and from all those who have actively taken part in the saga of the .fr TLD.
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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.