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IEEE 802 Standards Program

IEEE 802 Standards Availability Program - Update

1) I submitted the proposal that IEEE 802 approved at the November-2000
meeting to IEEE-SA Staff for evaluation. This proposal is listed below, in
case you lost it.

2) Because this proposal has possible financial impact on the IEEE-SA
Standards Organization, a modified proposal was put forward by Jerry and I
at the IEEE-SA BOG meeting for approval.

3) After considerable discussion (the IEEE-SA BOG has fiduciary
responsibility for IEEE-SA Standards), the IEEE-SA BOG approved a modified
program, which is outlined in two parts:

a) In addition to the commitment from IEEE-802 membership to fund this
program, there is a need to gain corporate sponsorship. This is due both to
making sure the program meets financial obligations as well as puts an
emphasis on "corporate entity support" for the standards programs as well as
IEEE-802 individual membership support.

b) IEEE-SA Staff wants to initiate a fund raising drive for this program,
starting at the March-2001 meeting. After a certain funding level is
achieved, (mainly in the initial contribution), then IEEE-SA is approved by
the IEEE BOG to go forward with the program, with basically the same
agreement as approved by IEEE 802.

In my viewpoint, this meets the basic requirements of IEEE 802 program,
except for a delay in start-up of IEEE 802 Standards availability. I will
support this program, and believe the IEEE 802 will benefit - even though
there will be a delay involved. If the voluntary funding does not
materialize, then we will need to renegotiate the program.

Jim Carlo( Cellular:1-214-693-1776 Voice&Fax:1-214-853-5274
TI Fellow, Networking Standards at Texas Instruments
Vice Chair, IEEE-SA Standards Board
Chair, IEEE802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee