For those following the decision of the United States to give up its contractual control of the Internet naming function, news today that the Deparment of Commerce has extended the contract for another year, to allow time for the international community to figure out how the transition should work. As the Department said, in a blog post:
[I]n May we asked the groups developing the transition documents how long it would take to finish and implement their proposals. After factoring in time for public comment, U.S. Government evaluation and implementation of the proposals, the community estimated it could take until at least September 2016 to complete this process. In response to their feedback, we informed Congress on Friday that we plan to extend our IANA contract with ICANN for one year to September 30, 2016. Beyond 2016, we have options to extend the contract for up to three additional years if needed.