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Re: [802SEC] Get802 Program SEC ballot

Howard -

You've convinced me.

Paul -

Please change my vote on the funding ballot to "disapprove".


At 11:04 16/04/2002 -0700, Howard Frazier wrote:

>I suggest that the release of funds should be postponed
>pending the outcome of the current work on the program,
>for the following reasons:
>1) We have no committment to extend the program past
>May 15, 2002.
>2) The IEEE staff has made clear their desire to alter
>the program unless a significant level of corporate
>sponsorship is secured.
>3) While several parties are working diligently to
>secure corporate sponsorship for the program, the
>desired level of funding has not yet been secured.
>4) Given 2 and 3, we don't know what the program will
>be after May 15.  If we send the 802
>contribution before the negotiations have been
>completed, we will be supporting a program that we
>may or may not like, and we will loose a considerable
>amount of leverage in the negotiations.
>In my opinion, the success or failure of Get802 does
>not hinge on 802's direct financial contribution.
>The LMSC funds represent a base level of funding for
>Get802, and they turn out to be the one constant
>in a shifting financial picture.  Corporate sponsorship,
>subscriptions, and sales of individual documents are
>subject to many factors. Unfortunately, the past year
>has been a truly lousy one for most of the networking
>industry, so all of the financial components of the
>Get802 program suffered mightily, with the exception
>of the LMSC's contribution.
>If you believe in the Get802 program, and you want to
>see it continue, here is what you must do:
>   Apply all of your energy to securing corporate
>   sponsorship for the program.  Work on your own
>   company, and work every contact you have in the
>   industry.  Find volunteers in your WGs to do the
>   same. If each SEC member can convince a company
>   to sponsor Get802, the IEEE's financial goal will
>   be met.
>If the corporate sponsorship shows up, then we can
>work with the IEEE staff to define the right program,
>and send in our contribution.  If the corporate
>sponsorship doesn't show up, the program is toast,
>and our financial contribution won't matter.