The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, awarded its new Internet Assigned Numbers Authority contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers otherwise known as ICANN.
The IANA functions are key technical services critical to the continued operations of the Internet's underlying address book, the Domain Name System.
The IANA functions include: the coordination of the assignment of technical Internet protocol parameters; the administration of certain responsibilities associated with the Internet DNS root zone management; the allocation of Internet numbering resources; and other services related to the management of the ARPA and INT top-level domains.
The current IANA contract expires on September 30 of this year. The period of performance for this contract is from October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2015, with two separate two-year option periods for a total contract period of seven years.