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Re: [802SEC] Coexistence TAG proposal


Thanks for the chance to preview this.

What I'm seeing here is a proposal for "a committee that reviews and 
makes coexistence recommendations to ExCom on current or proposed 
PARs and WG draft standards".

I'm surprised that this proposal doesn't mention tasking a 
coexistence TAG to write PAR and then a Recommended Practice on 
coexistence. Paul mentioned this idea at the Sunday rules meeting; I 
liked the idea a lot and it it seemed to have some traction. It's 
been the basis of every discussion I've had this week on the purpose 
of the coexistence TAG.

The proposal does say: "First order of business: Define Coexistence 
and the Recommended Procedures for establishing whether a draft has 
adequately addressed coexistence." Sounds similar to Paul's 
suggestion, but I don't like it as such. I think that this kind of 
work deserves the full balloting machinery. I also think that, if 
successful, the result would be widely influential and therefore 
worthwhile as a published IEEE Recommended Practice.

There seems to be wide recognition that there is no point in trying 
to assess whether coexistence has been achieved until there is a 
clear and specific view of what that means. Balloted or not, I think 
creating this view will take a long time, and it not guaranteed to 
reach a result. Given this time delay and uncertainty, I think that 
the proposal is ahead of itself in its focus on how it will evaluate 
PARs and drafts. I think we should postpone any request for such a 
charter until after the TAG has concluded the Recommended Practice on 
which it expects to base its evaluations.

My position on this issue has evolved and is evolving, and I am open 
to further enlightenment. However, at the moment, I prefer Paul's 


At 9:23 AM -0600 02/03/14, Jim Lansford wrote:
>Greetings all,
>	Based on discussions within the BoF and among SEC members, 
>Tim Blaney and I
>have put together this proposal for a Coexistence TAG for discussion at the
>SEC meeting tomorrow.  Feel free to send me comments in advance; I believe
>there is consensus that coexistence is an area IEEE802 needs to address, so
>I want to make sure we set this up in a way everybody can buy into.  Thanks.
>Best regards,
>P.S. Bob O'Hara - please set aside time on the agenda for Friday PM for
>this, in consultation with Paul.  Thanks.
>Jim Lansford, Ph.D.
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