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RE: [EFM] What was the intent of Jackie Chan's motion made during the closing 802.3ah Plenary?

Actually, Roy, the presentation not seen made the point that the two PHYs were both needed as each did not seem to meet the market's needs and seemed, to me, to imply that both alone did not meet the 5 criteria. My email must have given the wrong impression as I meant the presentation implied this, but I do not support this idea. The belief I had/have is that the PHYs needed to stand on their own merits individually. If, individually, they could not meet the criteria, they should be voted down. The voting on Monday was to consider each PHY on its own merits and if it met the 5 criteria.

I, and a >75% majority on last Monday, agreed regarding SHDSL and voted it in as the LR PHY. As to ADSL, it had >40% count voting against it meeting the 5 criteria (as I understand the mood and reasoning behind the votes). I believe a majority, if not  all, service providers at the meeting voted Yes for SHDSL and No for ADSL. Seems they gave a strong indication, just as the slide regarding Operator support was presented for SHDSL and the ADSL support slide showed no Operators...

I believe there comes a point where the Task Force has to make decisions and move on. The January meeting was one of these times. I am fully behind getting to the same point with VDSL. There should be no "topic left open for further discussions" as this only impedes progress and makes it appear we are ineffective and unable to make a decision. 

I do not believe Behrooz's presentation as "finding a compromise" as you put it, but an attempt to make SHDSL appear weaker and to make ADSL appear stronger and to link both together in an attempt to get ADSL considered, as SHDSL was the favored PHY from as long ago as last May (boy, it does seem that we must take a long time against the same opposition to make progress here). As each was proposed as the PHY meeting the Long Reach Objective, then each should be considered individually, contrary to the gambit Behrooz decided on. There was no linkage before the meeting, only this attempt. If Behrooz had wanted his slides to be effective, I believe he should have included them in the batch of ADSL slides. Otherwise, his effort was a stand alone approach that did not coincide with the intent of the meeting, as established ahead of time.


-----Original Message-----
From: Roy Bynum [mailto:rabynum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 2:33 AM
To: Egan John (IFNA COM);
Subject: Re: [EFM] What was the intent of Jackie Chan's motion made
during the closi ng 802.3ah Plenary?


The reflector has sent this to me delayed by several days.  But in reading 
it I had to make a comment.  As an observer of the process, I think that 
you are correct in your observation that neither of the proposed SHDSL or 
ADSL phys will by themselves meet the objectives, including the five 
criteria.  I think that what is happening is that the objective of a single 
PHY, one or the other, is being replaced in discussion with a dual PHY, 
SHDSL and ADSL.  As an observer, I find that both are variants of xDSL and 
have have individual specific advantages in specific implementations that 
neither will have by themselves.

Since I was not at Vancouver, I can not say what the mood of the group was 
toward the last of the meeting.  It may be that having the notation, in the 
form of a motion, in the minutes that Behrooz's presentation was not made 
leaves the topic open of further discussion.  Again, as an observer, I do 
not think that this necessarily a "black eye" for anyone.  It simply means 
the topic has not been fully flushed out by all of the people involved.

This is not new material.  The attempt to adopt both variants is using all 
of the material that has been presented prior to the "cut off date", and 
not throwing away one or the other.

Being an ex-service provider, I recognize the validity and need for both 
variants, where only one or the other variant will fail in one or more 
potential implementation markets.   I think that it is a good thing that 
Behrooz is making the attempt to find a compromise by not dismission one or 
the other, but proposing that the 802.3ah TF adopt both as part of the 
Draft.  I think it would be easier to sell including both at Sponsor Ballot 
than take the chance that it fail Sponsor Ballot because adopting only one 
would fail to meet the objectives and five criteria.

Thank you,
Roy Bynum

At 10:04 PM 1/10/2003 -0800, John.Egan@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

>I am still perplexed after hearing so many explanations...
>What was the intent of Jackie Chan's motion presented during the closing 
>minutes of Thursday's  802.3ah TF Plenary? Was it really to present the 
>fact that Behrooz's presentation pitching both SHDSL and ADSL as only able 
>to meet the Long Reach Objective as a pair was not presented? I thought 
>the two PHYs were presented as they should have been... standing by 
>themselves and decided upon as standalone efforts. Otherwise, they should 
>neither have been selected, as they did not meet criteria.
>I have been told the intent of the motion was to get entered into the 
>minutes the fact that Behrooz's presentation was not given and by doing so 
>this was a sort of black eye for Howard Frazier and Barry O'Mahony as 
>apparently every presentation submitted should be given a chance to be 
>presented, unless time considerations come into play. Is this a fact? Is 
>this "entering into the minutes" some sort of revenge or something by one 
>side? Will we then have the presentation, with accompanying motion 
>efforts, in March? I thought the Plenary had agreed that no new work would 
>be entertained. Are we going to continue fighting over what we already 
>decided on? I hope not.
>By the way... there are many presentations that have been rejected and not 
>given over these past two years of EFM. I have I submitted from last March 
>(among many that were rejected) that proposed QAM VDSL to solve the Short 
>Reach PHY matter... but the presentation was shelved for good reason as 
>was too early in the process. Should I claim this "foul" as well and have 
>the whole effort bog down in foolish claims and non-productive fighting? I 
>will not and would respect those that feel the same and let us move ahead.