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RE: +++ BALLOT: Authorize news release for 802.16

I vote affirmative.


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Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2000 06:10
Subject: +++ BALLOT: Authorize news release for 802.16

Issue Date: 20Dec2000 Closing Date: 4Jan2000
Moved By: Roger Marks
Move: Authorize (In Principa) IEEE News Release Entitled "New IEEE
WirelessHUMAN(TM) Project Developing Standards for Fixed Wireless Access in
License-Exempt Bands".

New IEEE WirelessHUMANTM Project Developing Standards for Fixed Wireless
Access in License-Exempt Bands

   Roger Marks, NIST, +1 303 497 3037 Voice,
   Durga P. Satapathy, +1 913 534-6338 Voice,
   Dean Chang, +1 408 719 9977 Voice,
   Karen McCabe, Standards Mktg. Mgr., +1 732 562 3824 Voice,

The Standards Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers,
Inc. (IEEE) Standards Association has approved the WirelessHUMANTM (Wireless
High-Speed Unlicensed Metropolitan Area Networks) project, a new initiative
within the IEEE 802.16 Working
Group on Broadband Wireless Access. IEEE 802.16 created its Task Group 4 to
draft the air interface standard, which will address the explosive growth
market of providing data services in license-exempt spectrum. The primary
focus is on 5-6 GHz.

"This huge new market opportunity demands standardization," said 802.16
Chair Roger Marks. "Because of the special considerations of unlicensed
spectrum, we needed to establish a project separate from our existing work
on metropolitan area network standards in the licensed bands. Our previous
success will provide an excellent baseline. We welcome new participants to
our open process."

To facilitate early standardization of the license-exempt MAN industry, the
WirelessHUMANTM  standard will be based on modifications of the IEEE 802.16
medium access control layer, while
the physical layer will be based on the OFDM mechanism of IEEE 802.11a and
similar standards. "The WirelessHUMANTM  standard represents a significant
opportunity for the unlicensed metropolitan area network industry. Timely
availability of this standard will considerably improve the benefits of
standardization for the unlicensed industry, especially for the nascent but
rapidly growing 5-6 GHz industry segment," said Dr. Durga Satapathy of
Sprint, Chair of the WirelessHUMANTM Task Group and of the predecessor study
group that developed the project plan. Acting quickly, the Task Group has
already issued a public Call for Contributions.

About IEEE 802.16
The IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access is creating the
IEEE 802.16 family of WirelessMAN? Standards for Wireless Metropolitan Area
Networks. With 134 members and over 40
official observers, IEEE 802.16 operates in an open process to develop
accredited air interface standards and recommended practices for global use.
Meeting bimonthly, 802.16 has a record of rapidly reaching technical
consensus. IEEE 802.16's standards set the stage for a revolution in
reliable, high-speed network access in the first mile by homes and
enterprises. For details, see

About the IEEE Standards Association
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organization serving today's industries with a complete portfolio of
standards programs. The IEEE-SA is a major contributor to the IEEE, which is
the world's largest technical professional society. IEEE-SA membership,
through its IEEE association, promotes the engineering process by creating,
developing, integrating, sharing and applying knowledge about electro- and
information technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity and the
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