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stds-802-16: +++Letter Ballot #2 Deadline is 27 December; you must respond

Dear 802.16 Member:

I remind you that the deadline for return of Letter Ballot #2 is 27 December.

It is essential that you find time to complete the ballot, for the 
following reasons:

(1) Your membership status will be endangered if you do not vote 
("Membership shall be lost if two consecutive, or two of any three 
consecutive, Working Group letter ballots are not returned or are 
returned with an abstention other than for 'lack of technical 
expertise'.") Those who were members when Letter Ballot #1 was 
carried out in September-October 1999 and did not vote then are in 
imminent danger of loss of membership. Others of you also put 
yourself in a risky position by not voting.

(2) Unless at least half of our members vote, then the Letter Ballot 
will be considered to have failed, even if all ballots are marked 
"Approve". [This is an 802 rule.] In this case, we will have to 
repeat the process as Letter Ballot #3, and we will start reminding 
everyone to vote once again (with even more memberships at risk).

(3) The TG2 Coexistence document is important to the industry. It 
needs to get out quickly, and re-running the ballot will set the 
schedule way back. Also, it needs your comments to make it the best 
it can be.

802.16 standards are the product of the Working Group as a whole, and 
it is the Letter Ballot process that makes this principle a reality. 
I know that this is a new concept to many of us, but I think you'll 
find that the system is easy to use. Please follow the instructions 



>This announcement opens IEEE 802.16's Letter Ballot #2.
>Motion: To approve IEEE 802.16.2/D1-2000 and forward it for Sponsor Ballot
>Ballot opening date: 17 November 2000
>Ballot closing date: 27 December 2000 (local time anywhere on Earth)
>Document under review: IEEE 802.16.2/D1-2000
>    <http://ieee802.org/16/private/ballots/ballot02/802162_D1-2000.pdf>
>Document title:
>    "Recommended Practice for Coexistence of Broadband Wireless Access Systems"
>This document carries the IEEE copyright notice and is provided only 
>to 802.16 Members and Observers. If you need to consult with a 
>colleague regarding a copyrighted 802.16 document, please provide 
>the document directly, notifying your colleague that the document is 
>not to be provided to anyone else.
>Balloting tool: <http://ieee802.org/16/docs/00/80216-00_22.doc>.
>    To participate in the ballot, you must download this file and use 
>it to prepare your vote and comments. Submission instructions are 
>*802 rules specify that "the decision to submit a draft standard or 
>a revised standard to the Sponsor Ballot Group must be ratified by a 
>letter ballot." The decision to carry out this letter ballot was 
>made at the Closing Plenary of 802.16 Session #10.
>*Following IEEE guidelines, the document under review is considered 
>a Draft Standard. IEEE requires that Draft Standards carry the IEEE 
>copyright notice and be restricted in distribution. As a result, the 
>document has been posted on the 802.16 password-protected web site. 
>Members and Observers have access to the password. The roster 
>updates following Session #10 should be complete by this weekend. 
>New members will be provided the password. New Potential Observers 
>will have the opportunity to register as Observers and then receive 
>the password.
>*The IEEE 802.16 Letter Ballot Procedures are available at: 
>*The IEEE 802.16 Membership Procedures, which are in accordance with 
>the 802 Rules, specify that "Working Group Membership shall be lost 
>if two consecutive, or two of any three consecutive, Working Group 
>letter ballots are not returned or are returned with an abstention 
>other than for 'lack of technical expertise'." You may wish to check 
>your voting record from Letter Ballot #1: 
>*Please take note of the IEEE 802.16 Patent Policy 
><http://ieee802.org/16/ipr/patents/policy.html>. Note that "anyone, 
>whether participating in IEEE 802.16 or not, should notify the Chair 
>of any patents (granted or under application, and regardless of the 
>assignee or the patent nationality) that may cover technology that 
>is under consideration by or has been approved by IEEE 802.16."
>*Ballot results will be posted to the Letter Ballot #2 Web Page 
>Dr. Roger B. Marks  <mailto:marks@nist.gov>
>Chair, IEEE 802.16 WG on Broadband Wireless Access <http://wirelessman.org>
>National Wireless Electronic Systems Testbed (N-WEST) <http://nwest.nist.gov>
>National Institute of Standards and Technology/Boulder, CO 
>tel: +1 303 497 3037  fax: +1 303 497 7828