AFNIC Launches Public Survey On Making .FR Available To EU Residents, Business

AFNIC logoFrench domain names are likely to be available to all European Union residents and businesses following the commencement of a public consultation that seeks to open up the .FR ccTLD.

The consultation, taking place from 12 July to 12 September 2010 seeks to open up .FR in late 2011. AFNIC have devised a questionnaire that seeks to identify issues of concern to internet users, registrars, registrants, intellectual property firms, among others. The questionnaire seeks comment on:

  • information to be provided by domain name registrants
  • compliance criteria
  • initiating compliance checks
  • respective roles of AFNIC and registrars
  • response times granted to registrants
  • consequences of the compliance checks
  • information to the public on data accuracy
  • updating of administrative data
  • administrative contact.

The public consultation is described by AFNIC as part of AFNIC’s responsibility as the government-appointed .FR registry. AFNIC is due to open the .FR top level domain to businesses and individuals residing within the European Union within two years. AFNIC is also committed to ensuring open and transparent dialogue – including calling for public comments – as part of its policy decision process. The launch of the public consultation follows the talks debate in General Assembly on 11 June.

Input into the consultation process can be done by answering the questionnaire before September 12th, 2010. Responses can be sent by email ( with the subject “AFNIC – Survey on availability of .FR to European Union”) or post (AFNIC, Immeuble International, 78181 St Quentin en Yvelines cedex, France).

The questionnaire is available for download at

Europe Registry logoTo register your .FR domain name, check out Europe Registry here.