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FW: Relationships between IEEE-ISTO and IEEE-SA


Jim Carlo( Cellular:1-214-693-1776 Voice&Fax:1-214-853-5274
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-----Original Message-----
From: Standards Activities Board [mailto:SAB2000@COMPUTER.ORG] On Behalf
Of Johnson, Lowell G
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 7:31 AM
Subject: Re: Relationships between IEEE-ISTO and IEEE-SA


These are good words from Mr. Loughry,
but what are they going to do about the current situation
between BWIF and 802?


-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen L. Diamond [mailto:s.diamond@COMPUTER.ORG]
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 10:21 PM
Subject: FWD: Relationships between IEEE-ISTO and IEEE-SA

Dear Colleagues,

This evening I received the following memo from Don Loughry, IEEE-SA
President, regarding the IEEE-SA/ISTO issue.

I solicit your comments and suggestions. In particular, I would be glad to
convey a response to this memo from the SAB, LMSC, or 802.16 to the IEEE-SA
Board of Governors (of which I am a member).

Steve Diamond
CS VP for Standards Activities
CS Second VP


29 August 2000

From: Don Loughry, IEEE-SA President
        Marco Migliaro, IEEE-ISTO BoD Chairperson
Subject: Relationships between IEEE-ISTO and IEEE-SA

Several events have transpired throughout July and August that merit an
update on current discussions, progress to date, and future actions of those
involved. The IEEE-ISTO press release on the BWIF Program, dated 11 July and
the IEEE Project 802 Position Statement about the IEEE-ISTO dated 15 July
have indicated the need for clarification concerning how the IEEE-ISTO and
the IEEE-SA relate to one another on standards activities.

Informal discussions have taken place with key IEEE leadership: Dan Senese,
IEEE Executive Director, Bruce Eisenstein, IEEE President as well as members
and leadership of the IEEE-SA, IEEE-ISTO BoD, and Standards Staff. Further,
a teleconference on 25 August between us with Andy Salem, Peter Lefkin, and
Judy Gorman participating as well has helped to clarify further the key
matters of interest.

There is considerable interest in addressing the issues related to the IEEE
standards activities, in particular the procedures (guidelines) that
facilitate them. There is general consensus that the terminology used to
identify the respective products, programs and services could stand some
clarification to avoid confusion by members of industry, our primary
customers. Of equal interest is the need to avoid confusion over projects
approved and launched by the two entities.

It is the intention of the IEEE-ISTO and IEEE-SA leadership to put in place
a few simple and general high-level guidelines (with appropriate
consideration for the legal issues) to avoid the types of issues that have
arisen over the past two months. We believe this can be accomplished
shortly, certainly this year. Consideration is being given by the IEEE-ISTO
BoD to find a term that uniquely identifies their program output products
and clearly distinguishes them from those of the IEEE-SA. Further, it should
be noted that the concerns being discussed are primarily within the IEEE
itself and not for decision by any relevant industry forums, consortia, and
support groups.

We trust this message, while not offering detailed and explicit solutions,
does indicate the commitment and intention to resolve the issues that have
arisen this summer. You will be hearing from us again with more specific
action plans.