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RE: Invitation to Co-Sign Letter to IEEE Election Candidatesregarding ISTO

To date, IEEE 802 has been very apolitical on the IEEE-SA BOG elections. We
have not individually offered a candidate from IEEE 802 specifically, we
have not lobbied hard for any candidates, and we have stayed out of the IEEE
BOG politics (as it does not immediately affect the things we do best, which
is to write a standard). We do have strong participation from IEEE 802 in
the Standards Board (NesCom, RevCom, Board), because these organizations
directly affect our standards process.  We have a very distant relationship
with the Computer Society, which is our sponsor, but hardly mentioned in our
efforts. I also work somewhat with Communications Society, through a
bi-monthly 802 column in Newtork Magazine. But the main efforts of the
leadership is on standards.

I would rather concentrate on making IEEE 802 a better place to do
standards, improve our own process as needed, than participate in the
"standards arena" politics. Between ANSI initiatives, IEEE-ISTO, IEEE
Corporate Members, TIA activities with Ethernet, there is a lot going on for
anyone who wants to battle here. I have done some of this (more than I
want), in my job as chair of IEEE 802, but view that if IEEE 802 does
timely, high quality public standards, then we will be successful.

I don't believe we should use our 802ALL reflector for political actions and
supporting candidates - without a specific SEC motion. I do have some
thoughts on how to position IEEE 802 organization better in the future, and
was planning to schedule an hour on Sunday evening after the rules

Jim Carlo( Cellular:1-214-693-1776 Voice&Fax:1-214-853-5274
TI Fellow, Networking Standards at Texas Instruments
Chair, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC6 Telecom and Info Exchange Between Systems
Chair, IEEE802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee

-----Original Message-----
From: []On
Behalf Of RDLove
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2000 6:31 AM
To: Roger B. Marks
Subject: Re: Invitation to Co-Sign Letter to IEEE Election
Candidatesregarding ISTO

Roger, I firmly support your effort and would support having Buzz send a
copy of your invitation to the entire 802 mailing list.

Jim, can that be done without a separate motion and email ballot?  I believe
we have already stated the 802 SEC position which reflects Roger's posted
letter to the candidates.  This is certainly one case where time is of the

Best regards,

Robert D. Love
President, LAN Connect Consultants
7105 Leveret Circle     Raleigh, NC 27615
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----- Original Message -----
From: Roger B. Marks <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2000 4:51 PM
Subject: Invitation to Co-Sign Letter to IEEE Election Candidatesregarding

> 8 October 2000
> IEEE is now carrying out its annual election. Many candidates have
> prepared position statements, but none addresses the issue of how
> IEEE will deal with its Industry Standards and Technology
> Organization (ISTO). As a voter, it is essential for me to understand
> their positions on this critical issue.
> In order to gather input on this topic, and to educate the candidates
> on it, I have prepared a letter inquiring as to their positions. I
> have posted the letter to my personal web site
> <>.
> In order to let the candidates know that others share my interest in
> their positions, I am requesting that those who do please let me know
> that they they wish to be listed as co-signers of the letter. To
> join, first read the letter and then follow the link at the end to a
> simple form. I will ask for your name and IEEE status to pass along
> to the candidates, and I will collect your email address so that I
> may pass any responses back to you. I will also post candidate
> responses to the web.
> Time is short. I will distribute my letter to the candidates in one
> week: on 15 October 2000. I will post their responses as I receive
> them. On 26 October, I will email the co-signers (and other
> interested individuals and groups) with a URL to the candidate
> positions. This is six days before the 1 November 2000 deadline for
> the receipt of ballots.
> If you care about this issue, please read the letter
> <> and then co-sign it immediately if
> you wish.
> If IEEE is to continue to function as a vibrantly democratic
> institution, the members need to know the stance of the candidates on
> the most important issues we face. If you are interested in IEEE's
> relationship with ISTO, please participate by joining me.
> Regards,
> Roger Marks, IEEE Member
> Please feel free to distribute this Invitation to colleagues who may
> be interested.
> cc: candidates in IEEE Election