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Re: +++ IEEE 802 BALLOT: Approve $4K Funding for FCC to attendIEEE 802 meeting

I vote No.

I do appreciate the advantage of providing the regulators a better 
understanding of IEEE standards and our process, and I'd like them to 
see that 802 is paving the way to a fast, inexpensive, and 
widely-accessible wireless Internet. I also know that the FCC is on a 
tight budget. They don't get to keep the income from the spectrum 
auctions, just enough to cover the cost of running them.

On the other hand, I am concerned about 802, as a global 
organization, subsidizing the travel of a representative of a single 
government. 802.16 has had numerous governmental employees in 
attendance (for example, 19 sessions attended by staff from Industry 
Canada and 8 sessions attended by a participant from the UK's 
Radiocommunications Agency). We haven't offered them any financial 
assistance, and I don't think we should. We still welcome their 
participation. For example, our Regulatory Affairs Committee and I 
invited FCC participants to attend our session in the Washington DC 
area last May and offered fee waivers. [None attended, however.]


>Issue Date: 20Dec2000 Closing Date: 4Jan2000
>Moved By: Vic Hayes  Seconded By: Stuart Kerry
>Move: Authorize invitation to the FCC for March Plenary Meeting (and if not
>then in July), paying travel expenses up to $4K.
>I have had a number of discussions with some of you regarding inviting the
>FCC to our IEEE 802 meeting so they can better understand the IEEE 802
>process and know us better. Note that the FCC person generally will not
>answer any technical or legal question. My hope is the FCC could better
>understand us and see our collective vision of where the future is heading
>in wireless. I was also going to see if the FCC attendee could give us a
>tutorial on Tuesday evening on how the FCC process works.
>In T1E1, we invite the FCC but T1 must pay for their travel expenses. This
>is the same situation if we invite an FCC member to an IEEE 802 meeting.
>Note that an individual or company cannot pay for this, because of a
>perceived bias. Therefore, in the invitation to the FCC, I will need to
>specify that we cover travel expenses, say up to $4K.
>>From Vic Hayes:
>At the last meeting, 802.11 passed the following motion:
>To request the SEC members to consider by email ballot, paying for travel
>and lodging for a representative of the FCC to attend the March meeting, and
>if approved, have the chairman of the
>802.11 ad hoc regulatory group request that an FCC representative attend the
>March meeting.
> Vote on the main motion - passes 29:5:2