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


I thought the lead-in text to the URL in the e-mail
distribution was unbalanced towards the negative.
The article itself was more balanced, but still led
with the negative.

My concern is that market impressions are easily
formed and if someone just read the lead-ins, they
could easily get the idea that "WLANs are in trouble"
and perhaps decide to defer adoption.

I simply wanted to sound out the SEC and see if I
was the only one with such concerns.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Nikolich []
> Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 2:00 PM
> To: 'Stevenson, Carl R (Carl)'; 'IEEE 802 SEC Reflector (E-mail)'
> Subject: RE: [802SEC] FW: IEEE article - good and bad
> Carl,
> 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?
> --Paul
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []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?
> Regards,
> 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
> > LAN
> > 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:
> > <>
> >