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Summary of IEEE 802 Internationalization Process Changes

DRAFT: Per my action item, here's a summary of IEEE 802 New International
Procedure for Socialization at the Computer Society, IEEE-SA staff and the
IEEE-SA Standards Board. Please send me comments by 9September, and sorry
for the late notice.

The following are IEEE 802 Process Changes for better recognition of IEEE
802 efforts in the International arena. This process conforms to IEEE-SA and
Computer Society Guidelines regarding Internationalization of IEEE

1) IEEE 802 has submitted a request for Category C Liaison to both ISO/IEC
JTC1/SC6/WG1&WG3. SC6 has approved this request and JTC1 is currently
conducting a JTC1 ballot (J1n5832.pdf) to approve this liaison, with ballot
to close in 12-October.

After approval of this liaison:

a) IEEE 802 drafts will be circulated within SC6/WG1&WG3 member bodies for
comments back to IEEE 802 or the IEEE-SA balloting service. The schedule for
comment response will be controlled by the normal IEEE-SA process.

b) IEEE 802 Projects with International Coordination to SC6 will interact
directly with the JTC1/SC6 rather than through the USTAG for SC6/WG1&WG3
(sponsored by the IEEE). IEEE 802 will continue to work with the USTAG as
needed to develop US positions on all SC6/WG1&WG3 documents. While PARs may
specify coordination with the USTAG, I request administrative change
directly to SC6/WG1&WG3 and will inform both NesCom and RevCom.

c) IEEE 802 Working Group chairs have informally invited SC6 experts to join
their balloting groups as observers to aid coordination.

2) JTC1/SC6 has initiated a proposal (with support from IEEE 802) for
coordination and review of IEEE 802 standards. This proposal (SC6 N
11235 -Proposed Procedures for ISO/IEC SC6 and IEEE 802 Co-operative
working)is currently under review by JTC1/SC6 and includes the following:

a) Circulation of drafts from IEEE 802 to JTC1/SC6/WG1&WG3 for comments
directly into the IEEE-SA standards process. This can be handled directly
coordination is today, through the IEEE-SA Balloting Service.

b) Development of a Technical Report that is updated yearly to reflect which
IEEE 802 standards have support from the JTC1/SC6 member bodies. This
Technical Report will help identify the current IEEE 802 standards and
supplements that have received review by the member countries in SC6.

3) For those IEEE 802 standards where an SC6 country feels it is necessary
to go to full Internationalization, the Fast-Track process in JTC1 will be

a) For each Fast-Track standard, the standard must be already approved by
the IEEE Standards Board.

b) Each country requesting Fast-Track process will submit a request through
the normal JTC1 Fast-Track process. The IEEE-SA Staff, after consultation
with IEEE 802 chair, will approve the copyright release for
Internationalization for each specific standard. It is expected that the
IEEE 802 SEC will approve each Fast-Track item by separate vote prior to
IEEE-SA staff releasing copyright permission to JTC1 for the joint standard.
This check and balance ensures that the Fast-Track is appropriate on the
specific standard in process.

c) Normally, after approval of the Fast-Track by JTC1, a separate page will
be inserted into the IEEE-SA Standard stating that the standard is also
recognized by JTC1. Separate publishing of the standard as a joint
JTC1/IEEE-SA will be handled on a case-by case basis.

5) IEEE 802 standards will no longer have the ANSI designation, although
approval by BSI is still part of the normal IEEE-SA standards process.

6) IEEE 802 expects that some IEEE 802 standards will be coordinated through
the ITU-T and ETSI. A process for handling this will be documented

Jim Carlo( Cellular:1-214-693-1776 Voice&Fax:1-214-853-5274
TI Fellow, Networking Standards at Texas Instruments
Chair, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC6 Telecom and Info Exchange Between Systems
Chair, IEEE802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee