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Re: IEEE 802 Standards Program

I am pleased that the IEEE-SA BoG considered this issue, and I am pleased
that action has been taken.

However, I am very concerned about the program as approved by the BoG. My
concerns are as follows:

i. The BoG has essentially approved the program as proposed by the IEEE staff.
At the last SEC meeting, the SEC decided that a different program should
be pursued.

ii. I seriously doubt that corporate contributions of any meaningful amount
will be forthcoming in the current economic climate.

iii. I am concerned that the BoG appears to have put greater emphasis on
gaining corporate sponsorship and participation than on making standards
available to those who need access to them.

I would have preferred to see a program in which the SEC proposal was
used as the initial funding mechanism, with the IEEE allowed (and even
encouraged) to supplement the program through corporate sponsorship, but
that corporate sponsorship would not be a "gating item" for initiation
of the project.


Jim Carlo wrote:
> 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
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