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Breaking: ICANN awarded IANA contract

Kevin Murphy, July 2, 2012, 22:11:59 (UTC), Domain Policy

ICANN has been awarded the contract to run IANA for another three to seven years.
It’s almost eight months since the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration put the contract up for rebid and four months after ICANN’s initial proposal was deemed unsatisfactory.
“This is the longest IANA functions contract we’ve ever had, running for a period of three years with two 2-year renewal options,” said Akram Atallah, ICANN’s new interim CEO, in a statement.
The new contract starts October 1.
A cynic might note that the renewal, which was of course expected, comes just a day after the departure of former CEO Rod Beckstrom. That cynic might also suggest that the timing was deliberate.

Former CEO Rod Beckstrom tweeted tonight that his last act as CEO was to sign the new contract yesterday.
The IANA contract gives ICANN its powers over the domain name root system and IP address allocation.
More on the story when we have it…

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Comments (7)

  1. Seems like good news that bring a bit of stability. How would this reflect on the ICANN/IETF relationship/new gTLD’s time to the root is interesting.

  2. KD says:

    Wasn’t it supposed to go out for rebid again? Hmmm.

  3. “The NTIA said this hour that it has canceled the RFP for the new IANA contract “because we received no proposals that met the requirements requested by the global community”
    NTIA thinks that ICANN’s bid was unsatisfactory, in other words.”

  4. JS says:

    Kevin, I would really be interested in knowing what exactly was unsatisfactory in the first bid and what changed for the 2nd to be accepted

  5. Mike says:

    ICANN is way too powerful. Like Google and like Obama. And all three do stupid things all the time.

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