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About the 802.3 September Interim Meetings


Much to my chagrin and embarrassment we do not yet have a fully committed 
set of meeting arrangements for the September Interims for 802.3ae and 802.3af.

One thing seems to be clear at this point. That is that the meetings will 
NOT be in the Boston area.

I have been pushing very hard to get this matter resolved as quickly as 
possible. As our lead time has dissolved and because start of the academic 
year is a busy season in Boston it was clear that something had to give in 
our meeting specifications. From our discussions in previous meetings 
and  everybody's calendar management problems I made the decision that we 
could not change the meeting week at this late date. That meant that in 
order to hold the meetings at all we had give the meeting planners more 
freedom in city location. The current possibilities are: Anywhere in the 48 
states or Canada that has reasonable airline access. At this point Salt 
Lake City is a leading contender but nothing is settled.

There will be a phone meeting this evening (Wednesday) of all of the 
principals. It is my intention that we will get a hard commitment for a 
location from the meeting.

You will have an e-mail announcing the decision and arrangements absolutely 
as soon as possible.

My apologies for the inconvenience that this is causing you.


Geoff Thompson
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