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Re: [802SEC] seeking advice regarding compliance claim


1) Yes you should care.  Claims such as these are confusing--what does
compliance to an emerging standard mean?  Of what value is it?  It certainly
doesn't ensure interoperability with other pre-standard implementations.

2)  I'm not sure you can do anything about it.  I recommend you request the
member(s) on your committee to which the press release belongs that they
remove any claims of compliance to a pre-standard in any future releases and
inform IEEE staff of the issue.  If the company's objective is to indicate
their support for the standards under development, then that's what they
should say.  No more, no less.

3) I am not aware of any IEEE SA policy on this issue.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Roger B. Marks" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 1:48 AM
Subject: [802SEC] seeking advice regarding compliance claim

> I would like some advice from the SEC sages.
> I have received a complaint about a corporate press release which
> claims that a product "functionally complies with the emerging IEEE
> 802.16 standard for broadband wireless access."
> I am seeking advice on one specific issue: claims of compliance to a
> "standard" that has not been approved. If possible, I would prefer
> that this topic be divorced from the issue of claiming compliance to
> an IEEE standard, because that is a messy issue.
> Questions on which I am seeking counsel:
> *Should I care?
> *Should I do anything it? If so, what?
> *Is there any relevant IEEE-SA policy on the issue?
> Thanks,
> Roger