auDA snares .au - officially

auDA has officially been handed the keys to the .au domain, after signing a formal agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

It was announced back in August that control of the .au country code top-level domain (ccTLD) would be transferred from local Internet pioneer, Robert Elz to the self-regulatory body, auDA. However, it all became official on Friday when auDA signed the first formal agreement between ICANN and a ccTLD operator.

ICANN president and CEO, Stuart Lynn, said it was no surprise that Australia would be the first to sign a ccTLD agreement.

"The Australian Internet community and the Australian Government have a long-standing commitment to ICANN. Australia has a well-developed Internet community due in no small measure to the pioneering work of Robert Elz," he said.

Elz has had control over the .au top level domain since it was delegated to him in 1986, from which time he voluntarily managed the .au ccTLD.

However, members within the Internet industry took their first steps towards having the domain redelegated in 1997, with the establishment of the Australian Domain Name Administration (ADNA) body, before teaming up with the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) and spawning auDA.auDA, in conjunction with NOIE, then approached the Internet Assigned Number Authority (IANA) earlier this year with the request to have the .au ccTLD redelegated.

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