AFNIC's consultative committees agree on the implementation of EPP
AFNIC's consultative committees have convened on the 13th and the 14th
of March 2008, following an intense semester when AFNIC has passed one
million registrations in .fr.
A number of important changes have been outlined, like the new
distinction made between .fr registrars and AFNIC members. As .fr
registrars are no more automatically AFNIC's members, it was a success
to note that over 70 of the registrars are now voluntarily members,
along with 12 users representing legal entities, 11 users representing
natural persons and 32 members from the International College of AFNIC.
946 registrars are currently registered as AFNIC customers.
These figures show the diversity of AFNIC membership, and the support of
the community to the multi-stakeholder approach within the .fr.
Technical changes have also been discussed, with the decision taken to
migrate the registration system to EPP, in order to meet the needs
expressed by a majority of registrars and to match the markets current
This work, a top priority one for AFNIC in the next months, will be done
together by AFNIC and some voluntary registrars, in a working group set
for this occasion, aiming at launching EPP within 12 to 18 months.
The AFNIC team is proud of what as been accomplished recently, like the
opening of the .fr to individuals, and of all the efforts made to make
.fr ever simpler, speeder, and more affordable.
Honoured by the renewed confidence put in the AFNIC by the community
during these consultative committees, we hope the public consultation
aiming at designating the registries for the French territory Internet
Top Level Domains will start soon.