"willing to make a special exception for ICANN"
Fuck that and the horse it road in on.
ICANN needs no "special exception". It has already had 2 years to pull its finger out and get to the task, but ICANN believes the entire world revolves around it, and has consistently decided everything in its own time and manner, procedures and laws be damned.
I am looking forward to ICANN being refused and brutally put in its place for once, and apparently there is a good chance of that since it has been warned in no uncertain terms that it had better get to work.