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Continuing The Momentum Of The IANA Transition

ICANN announced today that its CEO, Fadi Chehadé, will leave his position next March 2016. I would like to congratulate and thank Fadi for his continuing service at ICANN and to the Internet community. We recognize his role in leading ICANN in its efforts toward the globalization of the IANA functions.
 
It is important that we realize that we are at a critical point in the process. The community has done impressive work in elaborating a proposal for the transition of the IANA functions stewardship. The IETF, IAB and Regional Internet Registry communities have completed their work and the Names community just last night received the first round of comments on an extensive, thoughtful proposal.
 
The community is deeply committed to seeing the transition through to completion.  Indeed, there is no turning back. We have a responsibility to the users of the global Internet to maintain the momentum for a timely, orderly transition of the role of the United States Department of Commerce NTIA.
 
I am most confident that the community, through its open and transparent processes, will submit a proposal in the very near future that meets the requirements set forward by the NTIA and that will enable a successful transition of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community.
 
The Internet Society remains strongly committed to the process and pledges its continued efforts and resources in support of the multistakeholder effort now reaching its most critical point.