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


I read the article and take it to be more postive towards WLAN than
negative.  To be sure, Dewayne is negative--but the article does not support
that position other than to give Dewayne's view.  On the other hand the
article does point out Chairman Powell is a supporter of WLAN as is Ed
Thomas, FCC tehcnology chief.  As a result the FCC will tend to take a
supportive stance toward WLAN.

The question I have for you is--did the article present a balanced view of
the debate within the FCC surrounding the commercialization of WLANs?


-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Stevenson,
Carl R (Carl)
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 9:27 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)
Short Message Service:

> A shortage of clear radio spectrum may be on the horizon, which could
> have
> serious consequences for the wireless industry, according to a report
> from
> IEEE Distributed Systems Online. Some industry experts feel that
> unless
> action is taken, the popularity of the IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) wireless
> technology could result in too many users and Wi-Fi equipment,
> causing data
> rate degradation and unlicensed band interference. To see why one FCC
> advisor called the situation a potential "train wreck," visit:
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