Australian IT is reporting that despite opposition from the original .AU delegate, Robert Elz, and current registrar, Melbourne IT, IANA has redelegated .AU authority to auDA.

auDA, the Australian Domain Authority, has enjoyed support from the federal Government, and it appears that this support was what primarily influenced the decision of IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority).

The result for Melbourne IT means a faster end to its monopoly, and for consumers, it is likely to mean a relaxation of controls on domain names permitted, and perhaps more second level namespaces.

Neither Melbourne IT or auDA appear to have issued press releases on their respective sites at this time.

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