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Re: 802.3ae and the 10GEA

Well said, Jonathan !

It is good to reaffirm that only the 802.3ae can and will decide
what will be included in the Standard. I have heard the opposite
in private conference calls and it was time to put this issue
to rest.

Jaime E. Kardontchik

Jonathan Thatcher wrote:

> In a recent append Jaime made the following statement:
> > In that conference call Jay said that the GEA had decided
> > that there will be
> > only 3  solutions (the ones that Jay mentions in his email)
> > and that the
> > resolution Taken by the 802.3ae in Albuquerque (to restrict
> > in July 2000 the
> > number of proposals to no more than seven) was dead and
> > superseded by the
> > GEA's resolution.
> 10GEA decisions are not the IEEE 802.3ae decisions. Only P802.3ae has the
> authority to decide P802.3ae business. Period.
> The 10GEA is an independent organization which has a mission to positively
> influence 10 Gigabit Ethernet market acceptance.
> Any alliance (e.g. the SSIG) has the right to gather together to achieve a
> consensus and based on the influence of the membership of the alliance
> attempt to influence the standard's process. To imply that these alliances
> have any authority in the IEEE is wrong. Ultimately, only 802.3 voters and
> the IEEE standard's board have authority.
> Now it may very well be that the 10GEA has a position regarding PMDs. That
> may even be of some consequence in the IEEE as we share members.
> members that are system integrators) will have a say in the content and
> adoption of the standard. Is it too obvious to say that all IEEE P802.3ae
> members (or group of members) bringing forth a PMD proposal should be aware
> of the opinions of their customers and the group at large?
> jonathan
> Jonathan Thatcher,
> Chair, IEEE 802.3ae (10 Gigabit Ethernet)
> Director of Engineering, World Wide Packets
> PO BOX 141719, Suite B; 12720 E. Nora, Spokane, WA 99214
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