Re: [802SEC] Geoff Thompson is appointed interim chair of 802.20
Title: Re: [802SEC] Geoff Thompson is appointed interim
The 802.20 officer positions resulting
from the March 13, 2003 election results were not affirmed by the IEEE
802 Executive Committee. The Chair has appointed and the
Executive Committee has affirmed the appointment of Geoff Thompson <Thompson@ieee.org> as interim
chair of 802.20. Mr. Thompson will be acting as interim chair
until new elections are held. The date for new elections will be
announced at a later date, but the elections will not occur before the
July 2003 Plenary.
Chairman, IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards
I would like to summarize the arguments I heard articulated in
the Closing SEC Meeting.
On the one hand, the vote was conducted fully in accordance with
all the rules and under the auspices of the SEC leadership, the voters
were all authorized to vote, and the results were unambiguous. This is
On the other hand:
*Many of the voters did not attend meetings of the 802 MBWA Study
*Some of the voters may have been less than fully aware of the
*Many of the participants work for companies in the
communications industry, or have no traceable business interest in the
*It's possible that some voters may have voted in alignment with
their business interests.
*It could be that some of the participants discussed the issue
before the meeting.
*Leaders may have advocated positions with voters before the
*Some people were surprised by the result.
*Some people don't feel right about the whole thing.
*There is no record of how each individual voter voted, so the
voters are not accountable.
Do you catch the irony here? If not, then take another look at
the description above and see if it applies to the SEC vote voiding
the 802.20 elections.