Opening of domain names with 1 or 2 characters / Public Consultation

Like some of its European counterparts and as part of its commitment with respect to the French government, Afnic intends to allow the public to register domain names containing only one or two characters, which was hitherto prohibited.

Today the Afnic naming policy excludes the possibility of applying to register a domain name consisting of a single alphabetic or numeric character, and those composed of two alphabetic characters only.  This exclusion also applies to domain names containing special characters (IDN).

A comparative study of the existing practices in this field has enabled Afnic to note that other European registries have adopted different launching procedures and have accompanied these openings with a certain number of rules.

In the interests of transparency and cooperation with the user community, Afnic wishes to obtain public input in order to guide it in implementing the opening that will take place in late 2013 for the extensions that it manages.

With this objective in mind, with this public consultation we seek to gather your opinions, comments and suggestions on the different opening procedures possible and on naming restrictions that might be adopted by Afnic.

To this end, Afnic opened the project to public consultation for 22 days from Monday March 25 to Tuesday April 16, 2013 at midnight via a feedback form

You are cordially invited to review the Public consultation overview in the document hereunder


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Public consultation Opening of domain names with 1 or 2 characters overview