Corsearch Domain Name Bulletin

by Robert Kriner on February 23, 2012

Registration Opens for .tf Extensions
As we reported in our first Domain Name Bulletin last October, AFNIC implemented new registration policies for all ccTLD domains under their management effective December 6, 2011. The changes now allow for any company or individual who are located within a European Union member country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Lichtenstein to register domains under .fr (France), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic territories), .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), and .yt (Mayotte).

French Internationalized Domains Coming Soon
Starting in May 2012, AFNIC will begin offering IDNs under the main French TLD .fr, as well as under the French Territory extensions .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic territories), .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), and .yt (Mayotte). Characters will be available in French, German and Spanish (é, ç, ß, etc.)

A Sunrise period for current domain owners is scheduled to begin on May 3, 2012 and run until July 3, 2012. During this time, current registrants of ASCII domains can apply for the corresponding IDN. For example, the owner of winterstrasse.fr may apply for winterstraße.fr. Also, any registrants who apply for new ASCII.fr domains during this time will be entitled to apply for the corresponding IDN as well. In some cases, it might be possible to apply for multiple IDN variations based on a single ASCII registration.

After July 3, 2012, IDNs will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who meet the local presence requirements outlined above. Corsearch can provide a proxy service to assist registrants fulfill the local presence requirements for all French domains.

Anyone interested in registering an IDN or .tf domain may contact the Corsearch Corporate Domain Management Team for further information.

ICANN Requests Public Comment on Suggested Whois Changes
Following a review by ICANN’s independent Whois Policy Review Team, a draft final report of findings and suggested changes to the current Whois policy has been posted for public comment. The window for comments will be open until March 18, 2012.

According to the report, the team’s focus was to “review the extent to which ICANN’s Whois policy and its implementation are effective, meet the legitimate needs of law enforcement, and promote consumer trust.” Among the questions the team is hoping to receive answers to during this public comment period are “Does Whois support ICANN’s mission of building consumer trust?” and “What should ICANN do to make Whois more accurate?”

What do you think of the team’s findings?

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