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802.5z, Link Aggregation Ballot

All, the draft of the Token Ring Link Aggregation Draft Standard has passed
working group ballot
and is likely to be ready  to proceed to LMSC ballot immediately following
      the March plenary meeting.
I have heard comments questioning whether there is adequate reason to
      proceed with new 802.5 standards.
Now is the time to assemble an LMSC sponsor pool for the Link Aggregation
      Draft.  The words from the
note announcing the voting summary to the IEEE 802.5 reflector is appended

If you have any problem with continuing to process this standard draft
      through LMSC sponsor ballot, please
speak up now and let's resolve the issue.  If there is no objection, I will
      request the IEEE initiate the formation
of an LMSC ballot pool for 802.5z.  If there is discussion which is not
      resolved before the plenary meeting, we
will need to resolve the issue at that time.

Best regards.

Robert D. Love
Program Manager, IBM ACS - US
Chair IEEE 802.5 Token Ring Working Group
500 Park Offices                   Phone: 919 543-2746
P. O. Box 12195 CNPA/656           Fax: 419 715-0359
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA    E-Mail:

All, Thank you for your review of 802.5z D1 the Token Ring Link Aggregation
Draft Standard.
With just a single reminder there were more than enough votes sent in to
successfully close the
ballot within the announced balloting period.  The Voting and ballot
results are:

Vote:     Name of Voting Member
abst.     Andy Fierman
APP. Simon Harrison
N/V  Neil Jarvis
abst.     Ivar Jeppesen
N/V  Richard Knight
abst.     Bob Love
APP/C     John Messenger
N/V  Ivan Oakley
APP. Karl Reinke
APP. Bob Ross

observers and ballots submitted after close of ballot period
abst.     Christian Thrysoe
APP. Scott Valcourt
abst.     Neil Jarvis

APP   = Approve
APP/C     = Approve with Comments
abst.     = Abstain
NO        = Do Not Approve
N/V       = No Vote Received from voting member while the ballot period was

Results:   The ballot has successfully closed and passed with the following

With 10 voting members, 70% voted (7 votes) during the ballot period (50%
threshhold required).
     4 Approve,  1 with comments
     3 Abstained
100% of YES/NO votes were Approve (75% threshhold required).

The next step is to prepare responses to comments.  Since John Messenger is
charged with preparing
those responses and is the only person to have commented on the ballot, I
will ask that the following procedure be followed.

John, please post a D1.1 with change bars, underscore, and crossthrough
showing your comments.
Once that is done, please send out a note that contains the url of the new
draft and that lists all the changes
and any explanation you believe will elucidate the reasons for the changes.

All, if there are comments on the proposed changes we will initiate a
comment resolution cycle with a BRG.
In the absence of responses to John's proposed changes, we will commence a
7 day recirculation ballot one
week after the posting and announcing the availability of D1.1.