Apparently the outgoing CEO Rd Beckstrom signed off on it on his last day on the job.
“ICANN will continue to perform the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions following the awarding of a new contract by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration(NTIA).
The IANA functions involve the global coordination of unique identifiers that keep the Internet running smoothly. These include (1) the coordination of the assignment of technical Internet protocol parameters; (2) the administration of certain responsibilities associated with the Internet Domain Name Service (DNS) root zone management; (3) the allocation of Internet numbering resources; and (4) other services related to the management of the ARPA and INT top-level domains (TLDs).
The new contract term begins 1 October 2012.
“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 President and Chief Executive Officer. “This contract reflects the input of the stakeholders from around the globe and serves as an affirmation of support for ICANN and the multi-stakeholder model.”
“We are honoured by the awarding of this contract and we are committed to performing the IANA functions at the highest possible level,” said Jamie Hedlund, Vice President of North America. “We look forward to continuing our work with the multi-stakeholder community to ensure that we operate effectively, transparently and in the global public interest.”
News of the award came shortly after the conclusion of ICANN’s 44th public meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. It was the largest public meeting in the organization’s history with 1,821 registered attendees.
The next public meeting will occur 14-19 October in Toronto, Canada.”