The U.S. will no longer control the system that assigns unique website addresses. 

Since 1998 it's been the responsibility of the U.S. government, but nations around the globe have been stepping up calls for change.

As a result, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will not have its government contract renewed next year.

The process to appoint a new, non-government entity to takeover the task is expected to start before the end of this month.