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RE: [802SEC] +++EC Motion+++ Motion to approve a Press Release for the 802.11g Award for Technical Excellence

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Nikolich []
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 5:42 PM
To: IEEE802
Subject: [802SEC] +++EC Motion+++ Motion to approve a Press Release for the 802.11g Award for Technical Excellence

Dear SEC members,

This is a 10 day SEC email ballot to make a determination by EC motion to approve the below 802.11g Press Release.  Please note I have placed a modifier on the closing time of the ballot  such that it may close no later than 10 days after the start of the email ballot or as soon 24 hours after every member of the EC casts a definitive ballot (APP, DIS or ABS).  The reason for the modifier is to allow the press release, if it is approved, to be issued as quickly as possible. 

The LMSC executive committee approval of the below 802.11g Award press release.

Moved by Stuart Kerry
Seconded by Bob Heile

The email ballot opens on Monday Nov 24 6PM EST and closes the sooner of Thursday Dec 4 6PM EST or 24 hours after every member of the EC has cast a ballot, whichever comes first.

Please direct your responses to the EC reflector with a CC directly to me


- Paul Nikolich

Chairman, IEEE 802 LMSC

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 5:11 PM
Subject: 802.11g Award for Technical Excellence Press Release Motion


This is the press release motion I would like to put to the 802 EC for consideration and approval under our LMSC P&P.

I will Move, and Bob Heile will second.


Dear 802 EC Members,

I have great pleasure to inform you all that 802.11 WG has won a second prestigious award from PC Magazine.

The 20th Annual Awards for Technical Excellence
By the Editors of PC Magazine
November 18, 2003

I am very pleased to announce that the IEEE 802.11 Working Group and the Wi-Fi Alliance have jointly been awarded the PC Magazine 2003 award for Technical Excellence in the Protocol section for the 802.11gTM amendment, on Monday night at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, NV ceremony. Stuart J. Kerry (IEEE 802.11 Chair) and Frank Hanzlik (Managing Director of Wi-Fi Alliance) were present to accept the award on behalf of our members. The other two finalist in our category were Serial ATA and WS-I Basic Profile.

We were in very good company during this ceremony, as other awards were presented for "Person of the Year" - Carly Fiorina (HP) and "Lifetime Achievement" - Scott Cook (Intuit) amongst others.

Winner: IEEE 802.11 Working Group and the Wi-Fi Alliance

"The IEEE's 802.11g standard defines the way wireless LAN gear communicates at up to 54 megabits per second while remaining backward-compatible with 11-Mbps 802.11b. This important breakthrough enables streaming media, video downloads, and a greater concentration of users without interference. In addition to technical hurdles, the standards group had to overcome commercial rivalries and FCC rule changes to enact the standard."


Press Release for EC Motion approval, that has been worked on by IEEE, Paul Nikolich, and myself. We believe that this event merits a press release, and therefore present the text of the Draft release below:


Contact:        Stuart J. Kerry, IEEE 802.11 Working Group Chair
                +1 408 991 4854,
Karen McCabe, IEEE Senior Marketing Manager
+1 732-562-3824,


PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, __ Nov. 2003 - The IEEE 802.11g(tm) standard for higher-speed wireless transmission in local area networks (LANs) has won the Protocol Category in PC Magazine's 20th Annual Awards for Technical Excellence competition.  This standard was selected over two other finalists in the same category:  Serial ATA for storage devices and WS-I Basic Profile for interoperable web services.  
PC Magazine chose IEEE's 802.11g because it "defines the way wireless LAN gear communicates at up to 54 megabits per second while remaining backward-compatible with 11-Mbps 802.11b(tm).  This important breakthrough enables streaming media, video downloads, and a greater concentration of users without interference."
Stuart J. Kerry, Chair of the IEEE 802.11(tm) Working Group for Wireless LANs, who accepted the award for the IEEE at a ceremony at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, said:  "This award is all the more important to me because I know how technically astute the editors of PC Magazine are.  It's also significant that this is the second time an 802.11 standard has won this prestigious award.  We received the first one for IEEE 802.11b-1999."          
PC Magazine's annual technical excellence awards recognize "the products and technologies that moved the state of the art forward, those that broke new ground." Winners of the current awards were selected by the magazine's editorial and laboratory staff from products and protocols that became available between September 2002 and September 2003.
"This award provides additional recognition of the IEEE 802.11 working group as the preeminent wireless LAN standards development organization," said Paul Nikolich, Chair of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee.  The IEEE 802.11 working group is part of this committee.
The IEEE 802.11g amendment, which raised the data rate of IEEE 802.11b networks to 54 Mbps from 11 Mbps, was released in June 2003.  The Wi-Fi Alliance then created an interoperability certification testing program for products based on the standard.  These products have proven highly successful in the global wireless LAN market.  
The transmission speed added by IEEE 802.11g gives wireless networks the ability to serve up to four to five times more users than they could with IEEE 802.11b.  This has opened possibilities for the use of IEEE 802.11 networks in more demanding applications, such as wireless multimedia video transmission and broadcast MPEG.
IEEE 802.11g units are able to fall back to speeds of 11 Mbps, so IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g devices can coexist in the same network.  Both standards apply to the 2.4 GHz frequency band.
IEEE 802.11 standards form a family of specifications that define how WLAN equipment should be produced so equipment from different manufacturers can work together. IEEE 802.11g, "Higher Speed Physical Layer (PHY) Extension to IEEE 802.11b," was developed by the IEEE 802.11 Working Group, which is sponsored by the IEEE 802  LAN/MAN Standards Committee of the IEEE Computer Society.  For further information, visit:

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/ Stuart

Stuart J. Kerry
Chair, IEEE 802.11 WLANs WG

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