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World Press Freedom Day, but also a vigil of individual liberties

This is a month of contrasts, where the liberty of the Press is honoured, while at the same time the French government is working to pass a bill that goes against the notion of liberty, but is doing so in its name. Though some may see us as alarmist, many are those that, like ourselves, are worried about the consequences that this law might have if it is declared constitutional.Aside from all this, life goes on, and promos abound at the end of this newsletter, including great promos on popular French extensions. You will also find our usual calendar of new gTLD releases.

1. World Press Freedom Day
There are celebration days for just about everything now. However there
are some that are more important than others. May 3rd was World Press
Freedom Day. This year, it took on a particular importance, since the
word «freedom» has been on everyone's lips recently and is the subject of
many debates that are capital to us, and which call into question
fundamental rights in this period of the opening up of the world thanks
to the internet.

To celebrate this day, and in association with the .PRESS registry, we
are having a promo on the new .PRESS extension, at €14 excl. VAT under A
rates, for every 1-year creation (instead of €69.20 excl. VAT), until
the end of the month of May.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-05-03/3977-press_freedom_day/

2. In contrast, the new French surveillance law
On May 5th, the French National Assembly moved forward on the new French
surveillance law project — something that we have been actively working
against since the beginning of April. This bill excludes the
surveillance procedures from judicial oversight and therefore creates a
real breach in the fundamental principles of democracy.

The text will, at present, be sent to the Senate, where it will be
examined in June before being submitted to the Joint Committee of the
Two Chambers. It is only following this negotiation that it will be
presented to the Constitutional Council and subsequently voted on, when
it would take effect.

We will continue working side-by-side with the association «La
Quadrature du Net» and the #nipigeonsniespions movement on this topic,
to try and get the bill modified so that it better respects fundamental
liberties. Internally, we will continue to look for technical solutions
that will provide you with the ability to chose le geographic location
where your data is stored.
www.laquadrature.net/en/french-national-assembly-approves-mass-surveillance-of-french-citizens

3. May new gTLD release calendar
Here's our calendar of expected domain releases for the month of May, 2015.
As usual, it is not exhaustive, and is subject to change as we receive
additional information from the registries:

Tuesday, May 12:
.design (GoLive)

Sunday, May 17:
.bingo (3-day Landrush)
.chat (3-day Landrush)
.style (3-day Landrush)
.tennis (3-day Landrush)

Monday, May 18:
.bank (Sunrise)

Tuesday, May 19:
.jewelry (Sunrise)
.show (Sunrise)
.team (Sunrise)

Wednesday, May 20:
.bingo (GoLive)
.chat (GoLive)
.style (GoLive)
.tennis (GoLive)

Thursday, May 21:
.irish (Landrush)

Sunday, May 24:
.apartments (Landrush 3 jours)

Wednesday, May 27:
.apartments (GoLive)

Sunday, May 31:
.casino (3-day Landrush)
.football (3-day Landrush)
.school (3-day Landrush)

4. Multi-year promo for .FR (and other AFNIC-managed domains)
With highly-awaited arrival of the ability to register .FR domains for
more than one year at a time, we have decided to put in place a promo
for the entire month of May for every .FR created for 5 years or more,
with a price of €9 excl. VAT per year instead of the usual €12 excl. VAT
under A rates. We are also providing a rebate of 10% (via the promo
code: FR5PLUS) on refunds for 5-years or more for existing .FR domains.
More details on this promo are available at:
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-05-11/4040-multi-year_.fr_domain_promo/

6. -50% on .AT domains for May and June
The official extension of Australia is being offered at half-price for
all 1-year creations during the month of May and June 2015, in all price
rates.
More information is available at:
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-05-11/4043-.at_at_half_price/

7. Promo roundup
Here is a reminder of domain name promos that are currently under way:

.MX domains will be on promo at -66% for all creations for one year and
in all price rates through May 16.
More on this at:
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-05-11/4046-.mx_at_66_off_until_mid-may/

The .CO.COM is having a promo of 60% off all price rates, for all
creations (1 to 10 years) through June 30. The price of a CO.COM during
this period is €11.76 excl. VAT per year instead of €29.39 excl. VAT
under A rates.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-04-10/3764-promo_on_.co.com/

The .XYZ is currently in promotion for new 1-year creations at the very
affordable price of €4 excl VAT under A rates, instead of €10.48 excl.
VAT through June 30th.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-05-11/4049-.xyz_domains_at_4_excl_vat/

The .ME is on sale until the end of the year, at 40% off the normal price
for one-year creations. This means a .ME for €9.60 excl. VAT instead of €16
under A rates.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-05-12/4094-promo_.me_at_40_off/

The .SCIENCE promo has been prolonged until May 24th, and you therefore
have a bit more time to benefit from this extension at only €3 excl. VAT
for 1-year creations.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-02-23/3420-golivepromo_.science/

Asia is in in the spotlight for the first half of 2015 thanks to a -50%
promo on .ASIA and .IN until July 1st, with creations for .ASIA at €9
excl. VAT instead of €18 excl. VAT and .IN at €6.25 excl. VAT instead of
€12.50 under A rates.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-05/3000-promo_.asia_and_.in_at_half_price/

.CLUB is offering an incredible promo until the end of 2015, at €8.26
excl. VAT instead of €10.33 under A rates:
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-05/2996-promo_.club_at_20_off/

Uniregistry is offering 50% off on .gift, .hiphop, .hosting, .link,
.pics and .property through the end of June:
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-04-10/3758-6_promos_including_.link/

The RightSide registry is offering a discount of 25% off the price of a
one-year creation on TLDs in the following list: .ACTOR, .AUCTION,
.CONSULTING, .DANCE, .HAUS, .IMMOBILIEN, .KAUFEN, .MODA, .PUB, .REVIEWS,
.SOCIAL until the end of June:
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-02-04/3255-promo_.auction_.immobilien_.dance_.reviews_.kaufen_.social_.actor_.consulting_.haus_.pub_.moda/

Don't miss the launch of our 15th anniversary game

15 лет Gandi.

As we announced in our last newsletter, we're celebrating our 15th
Anniversary. To thank you for being such amazing customers, we're giving
away 1000 gifts an hour from March 30 to April 3, starting at 12:00am
(UTC) and ending at 2:00am (UTC) every day (that's like, 15,000 prizes a
day!).

To try your luck, head over to 15.gandi.net today, login with
your handle
and wait for the next hourly window for the next
drawing.

Have fun!

The Gandi Team.

This month, we adjust some prices to the USD, many new promos are under way

  • 1. Price increase on 43 extensions
  • 2. New phase on 1- and 2-character .FR domains
  • 3. Private networks on our Cloud infrastructure
  • 4. February new gTLD Release Calendar
  • 5. Many promos on the new extensions
  • 6. Promo round-up

This year is starting out hard for European companies that purchase
their «primary material» in US Dollars. Due to its historic high with
regard to the Euro, our profit margin is being eroded, and we find
ourselves selling some extensions at a loss in certain price rates.
French law and common sense therefore require that we take action with
regard to this exceptional situation; this unfortunately means that we
need to raise the price of 43 extensions (out of the 572 that we sell).
Simultaneously, however, we are able to have promos on other extensions,
and even if it is not much of a consolation, some of you will find some
excellent opportunities among the 15 new promos this month.
We will also discuss the upcoming phase for 1- and 2-charactar .FR
domains: the «Landrush», with a digressive price system.
With regards to hosting, we will mention changes made since the
launching last year of our private Cloud-based virtual network.
Finally, you will discover the nGTLD release schedule and a reminder of
promos under way.

1. Price increase on 43 extensions
This is always a difficult announcement for us, and never pleasant for
our customers we know. Nevertheless, not acting today with regard to
the imponderables of the financial market will put ourselves in a
delicate position in a couple of months, something that we want to
avoid. It is therefore 43 extensions (including 9 that are reserved to
corporate customers) that will have their price increased. For more
information on this, please see our news article at:
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-02-10/3275-price_increase_on_43_extensions/

2. New phase on 1- and 2-character .FR domains
If you have followed .FR domain news, and notably the upcoming opening
of more than 3000 1-and 2-character .FR domains (on March 17th, at 15:00
CET), you are certainly aware that there is an upcoming «Landrush»
phase. This phase starts on February 16th at 15:00 CET and ends upon the
general opening on March 17. The particularity of this Landrush is that
it is composed of a price system that is staggered out over 4 weeks (one
set price per week), that digresses until the opening. You can expect to
spend 18,300 (excl. VAT) to purchase one of these domains during the
first week, or wait until the last week for the more affordable price of
190 (excl. VAT) if it is still available…
For more information on this phase, as well as rates, please see:

www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-02-10/3279-1-_and_2-character_.fr_domains/

3. Private networks on our Cloud infrastructure
Our private VLAN system has recently been improved, notably with regard
to the simplification of usage: by adding the possibility of
automatically configuring your servers on it, by either going through
the admin interface, or by command line (Gandi CLI). Everything is
explained here, including two tutorials for you:

www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-30/3223-pvlan_a_private_network_for_your_stack_now_faster_and_easier/

4. February new gTLD Release Calendar
Here's our calendar of expected domain releases this month. As usual,
things can change depending on what information the registries provide
us with, but here is what we have at present:

Tuesday 10:
.casa (general opening)
.lgbt (general opening)
.work (general opening)

Wednesday 11:
.energy (general opening)
.delivery (general opening)

Tuesday 17:
.vote (general opening)
.voto (general opening)
.yoga (general opening)

Wednesday 18:
.fit (Sunrise)
.sydney (general opening)

Tuesday 24:
.sale (Sunrise)
.video (Sunrise)

5. Many promos on the new extensions
Even if it does not necessarily compensate for a rise in rates, it would
be a pity to forgo a few attractive promos this month:

.CM domains are having a promo for 1-year creations, with a low price of
20 excl. VAT instead of 75 excl. VAT until March 31st. You can also
benefit from a promo concerning renewals of domains in this extension,
which are going from 75 excl. VAT to 40 excl. VAT until February 28th.

The Indian registry, Radix, is letting us provide you with some great
promos on its popular extensions this month, with:

.WEBSITE for 1-year creations, at 3.50 instead of 22.09 through April
15th.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-22/3116-massive_promo_.website_at_80_off/

.PRESS at 27 excl. VAT instead of 69.20 for every 1-year domain name
creation, through February 28.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-02-01/3164-promo_.press/

.HOST at 29.17 excl. VAT for one year, instead of 91.04 excl. VAT
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-23/3124-promo_.host/

Rightside, a registry that was born with the new extensions, is letting
us have a reduction of 25% off the price of new 1-year creations for 11
of their extensions: .ACTOR, .AUCTION, .CONSULTING, .DANCE, .HAUS,
.IMMOBILIEN, .KAUFEN, .MODA, .PUB,
.REVIEWS, .SOCIAL. This promo is valid until the end of june. For more
information and prices see
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-02-04/3255-promo_.auction_.immobilien_.dance_.reviews_.kaufen_.social_.actor_.consulting_.haus_.pub_.moda/

6. Promo round-up
Here is a reminder of domain name promos currently under way:

Asia takes centre stage for the first half of 2015 thanks to a promo of
50% off .ASIA and .IN until July 1st, with creations for .ASIA at 9
excl. VAT instead of 18, and .IN at 6.25 excl. VAT instead of 12.50
excl. VAT, under A rates.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-05/3000-promo_.asia_and_.in_at_half_price/

.COUNTRY is also having a promo until the end of May, with a price of
6.99 excl. VAT per year versus the usual 27.94
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-05/3004-promo_.country_at_75_off/

.ME will be on promotion until April, with -40% for all creations for
one year. This means .ME at 9.60 instead of 16.00 under A rates.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-01/2964-promo_.me_at_40_off/

The .CLUB is giving us an incredible promo, until the end of the year
2015, with 8.26 excl. VAT for every 1-year creation instead of 10.33
under A rates.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-05/2996-promo_.club_at_20_off/

Finally, and as usual, please feel free to give us your feedback at
newsletter-en@gandi.net

Sincerely,
Nicolas Lhuillery
Director
Gandi SAS
www.gandi.net

Hosting statistics, new TLDs, and Operation Twitter LoveBattle

SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
  • 1. New VAT rules to take effect in January, 2015
  • 2. Operation Twitter LoveBattle, powered by .xyz
  • 3. December new gTLD release calendar
  • 4. More detailed hosting statistics
  • 5. New promos of the month: .CHRISTMAS, .TRADE et .WEBCAM
  • 6. Promo Roundup
This month sees the release of some highly-awaited extensions, and
notably .PARIS, which has seen a flurry of activity with our French
customers, and everyone with a connection to Ile de France that would
like to protect their name in that extension. In addition to our usual
nGTLD list of anticipated release dates, we are pleased to announce that
we have finally added .COLOGNE and .KOELN to our line-up of extensions.

Christmas, gifts, and a quick presentation of our new hosting statistics
will be introduced here, as well. However, we will start with an
important note to inform you of the new EU VAT rules that will be taking
effect next month.

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