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RE: [802SEC] FW: IEEE article - good and bad

Carl,  This strikes me as typical journalism: make something sound like an
imminent disaster to get folks to read the article, which eventually
explains that there really isn't a problem after all.  I don't think many
folks who read the article will be fooled, but those who just skim the
lead-ins might be mislead.  I do think it is worthwhile to let IEEE know
that we don't appreciate that style of journalism, and would much prefer the
technical info without the "teaser".  They may in fact drive away the very
audience they seek to attract with such devices.  

Thanx,  Buzz
Dr. Everett O. (Buzz) Rigsbee
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-----Original Message-----
From: Stevenson, Carl R (Carl) [] 
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 6:27 AM
To: IEEE 802 SEC Reflector (E-mail)
Subject: [802SEC] FW: IEEE article - good and bad

Dear SEC members ...

In reading the article summary and the article at the URL,
that came in my personal e-mail from,
I have some concerns that IEEE press/PR are in some sense
promoting a certain degree of FUD concerning the future of
IEEE 802 wireless standards.

While there is some good, positive material in the article,
the comments of Dewayne Hendricks in particular (at the beginning
of the article) could cause confusion to consumers about the
future of products based on 802 wireless standards, causing
them to hesitate to adopt wireless networking.

Please read the article and see if you share my concerns or if
I am just being overly sensitive ...  if I'm not, what can we
do to exert some influence on what gets published when it may
convey confusing or negative images about the future of 802
wireless standards?

Carl R. Stevenson
Chair, IEEE 802.18 Radio Regulatory Technical Advisory Group
610-965-8799 (home office)
610-712-3217 (fax mailbox)
610-570-6168 (cellphone)
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