Afnic has announced new registration policies for the .fr (France), .re (Reunion Island), .yt (Mayotte), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .tf (French Southern Territories) and .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon). ccTLDs that come into force on 8 December.
The main changes in the registration policy are:
- registration of .fr domain names consisting of one or two character(s) is allowed from 8 December, starting with a Sunrise period running until 9 February followed by a Landrush (16 February to 16 March) and then general availability from 17 March
- creation of a registry lock option for all the ccTLDs that prevents unauthorised changes to Whois information.
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Single and two character domain names could be coming to .fr and other registries Afnic manages should the public consultation underway give the registry the green light.
The public consultation is aiming to work out a way forward and set up a procedure for the release of the domains. While the information provided is not specific, it appears the consultation not only covers .fr (France), but also .re (Reunion Island), .yt (Mayotte), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .tf (French Southern Territories) and .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon).
The consultation runs until 16 April 2013 and interested people are asked to comment on:
- whether or not to use an auction system for the registration of domain names with one or two characters
- whether the registration process should be in two phases, beginning with a “sunrise period”
- whether the “first come, first served” rule should be applied
- whether there should be domain names reserved and unable to be registered.
Comments can be given by completing the form available for download at www.afnic.fr/medias/documents/consultations/public-consultation-reply-form-short-names.pdf.