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revised PAR: "Standard for Broadband Wireless Access Systems"

Dear SEC Member:

Here is a slightly revised PAR for presentation at the Thursday SEC meeting.

We received the following three comments :

1) From a NesCom member: "The answer to item 9 is not adequate. The correct explanation would be why their work is not valid  for adoption here."

2) From Geoff Thompson at the Monday ExCom meeting: "interoperability" should be in the scope

3) From Jim Carlo at our meeting: the title should be more specific

We responded to all three comments. We also sharpened the scope statement, added a few companies as possible IP holders, and clarified a Coordination body.

The revised text was approved without objection by our Study Group. A motion to submit this revision for approval by the SEC passed (27 Approve and 3 Disapprove). Two of the Disapprove votes came from one company; they have aggreed to supply written comments regarding their vote. The third Disapprove has also agreed to submit a statement.	

I would like a motion for approval of this PAR at the Thursday SEC meeting.

March 10, 1999, 1 pm

IEEE-SA Standards Board
Project Authorization Request (PAR)
Page1 (Jan98, Rev V9)
1.  Sponsor Date of Request       [March 11, 1999]
2.  Assigned Project Number     [P802.15]                    
3.  PAR Approval DATE            ________
          [ ] PAR Signature Page Received {IEEE Staff to check Box}
4.  Project Title and Working Group/Sponsor for this Project
     Document type : {Place an X in only one option below}
            [x] Standard for {Document stressing the verb "SHALL"}
            [ ] Recommended Practice for {Document stressing the verb "SHOULD"}

TITLE: [Air Interface for Fixed Broadband Wireless Access Systems]

{Copyright release at the end of this form must be submitted with
appropriate signatures by postal mail or FAX (1-732-562-1571)}
Name of Working Group(WG) : [IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access]
Name of Official Reporter (usually the WG Chair) who MUST be an SA member as well as an IEEE/Affiliate Member: [Roger B. Marks]
Title in WG: [Chair]                      
IEEE/SA/Affiliate Member # [08122103]{Required}
Company: [NIST]                           Telephone: [303-497-3037]
Address: [325 Broadway, MC 813.00]        FAX:       [303-497-7828]
City/State/Zip: [Boulder, CO 80303]       EMAIL:     []
Name of WG Chair (if different than Reporter): [  ]
IEEE/Affiliate Memb # [  ]{Required}
Company: [  ]                             Telephone: [  ]
Address: [  ]                             FAX:       [  ]
City/State/Zip: [  ]                      EMAIL:     [  ]
Name of Sponsoring Society and Committee: 
[Computer Society, LAN/MAN Standards Committee; Microwave Theory and Techniques Society]
Name of Sponsoring Committee Chair: [Jim Carlo, LAN/MAN Standards Committee]
Company: [Texas Instruments]                Telephone:  [214-340-8837]
Address: [9208 Heatherdale Drive]           FAX:        [214-853-5274]
City/State/Zip: [Dallas, TX  75243-6332]    EMAIL:      []
5. Describe this Project by answering each of four questions below:
5a.   Update an existing PAR? {Yes/No} [No]
        If YES: Indicated PAR number/approval date []
        If YES: Attach cover letter indicating changes/rationale for changes.
        If YES: Is this project in ballot now? [  ] {Yes/No}
5b.  Choose one from the following:
        b1 -[x] New Standard
        b2 -[  ] Revision of existing standard {number and year} [  ]
        b3 -[  ] Supplement to existing standard {number and year} [  ] 
5c.  Choose one from the following:
        c1 -[x] Full Use (5-year life cycle)
        c2 -[  ] Trial Use (2-year cycle)
5d.  Fill in Target Completion Date to IEEE RevCom [January 31, 2001]
6.  Scope of Proposed Project
{what is being done, including technical boundaries on the work}
{This should be brief (less than 5 lines recommended)}

[This standard specifies the physical layer and media access control layer of the air interface of interoperable fixed point-to-multipoint broadband wireless access systems. The specification enables transport of data, video, and voice services. It applies to systems operating in the vicinity of 30 GHz but is broadly applicable to systems operating between 10 and 66 GHz.]

7. Purpose of Proposed Project:
{why it is being done, including intended users, and benefits to users}
{This should be brief (less than 5 lines recommended)}
[To enable rapid worldwide deployment of innovative, cost-effective, and interoperable multivendor broadband wireless access products. To facilitate competition in broadband access by providing alternatives to wireline broadband access. To facilitate coexistence studies, encourage consistent worldwide allocation, and accelerate the commercialization of broadband wireless access spectrum.]

8. Intellectual Property {Answer each of the questions below} 
8a. Are you aware of any patents relevant to this project?
     [Yes] {Yes, with detailed explanation below/ No}
[Companies that may hold relevant patents (issued or pending) include:
AMP Inc.
Cellularvision Technology & Telecommunications, L.P.*
CircuitPath Network Systems Corp.
Ensemble Communications, Inc.
Harris Corp.
Hughes Network Systems*
Netro Corp.
Nortel Networks
Philips Electronics
Raytheon Systems Company
Stanford Telecom, Inc.
Texas Instruments*
WavTrace, Inc.
Wytec Inc.
*not participating in Study Group at time of PAR submission
Participating companies have been asked to review IEEE patent policies.] 
8b. Are you aware of any copyrights relevant to this project?
    [No] {Yes, with detailed explanation below/ No}
    [  ] {Explanation}
8c. Are you aware of any trademarks relevant to this project? 
     [No] {Yes, with explanation below/ No}
     [  ] {Explanation}
9. Are you aware of other standards or projects with a similar scope? 
    [Yes] {Yes, with explanation below/ No}
[The Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN) Committee of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has a project known as HIPERACCESS which is in the early stages of an attempt to standardize broadband wireless access in Europe. This is a regional standards effort with limited participation by the rest of the world. Furthermore, the project addresses regional markets with specific regulatory conditions distinct from those of other areas. We have held a joint meeting with this group and appointed a liaison. We plan to coordinate with them and will seek harmony where possible.]

10. International Harmonization
Is this standard planned for adoption by another international organization?
     [Yes] {Yes/No/?? if you don't know at this time}
            If Yes: Which International Organization [ITU-R]
            If Yes: Include coordination in question 13 below
            If No:  Explanation [  ]
11. Is this project intended to focus on health, safety or environmental issues?
      [No] {Yes/No/?? if you don't know at this time}
              If Yes:  Explanation? [  ]
12. Proposed Coordination/Recommended Method of Coordination 
12a.  Mandatory Coordination
        SCC 10 (IEEE Dictionary)    by DR
        IEEE Staff Editorial Review   by DR
        SCC 14 (Quantities, Units and Letter symbols) by DR
12b. Coordination requested by Sponsor and Method:
        [ITU-R, including Joint Working Group 8A/9B (Wireless Access Systems)] by [LI] {circulation of DRafts/LIaison memb/COmmon memb}
        [ETSI BRAN] by [LI] {circulation of Drafts/LIaison memb/COmmon memb}
        [{others tbd}] by [DR] {circulation of DRafts/LIaison memb/COmmon memb}
{Choose DR or LI or CO for each coordination request}
12c.  Coordination Requested by Others:
         [  ] {added by staff}
Additional Explanation Notes: {Item Number and Explanation}
[This standard will rely on the results of a related standard defining principles by which broadband wireless access systems can coexist in areas of adjacent or overlapping geography or spectrum. A PAR outlining this "coexistence" standard is in preparation by the IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access for consideration at the July 5-9, 1999 802 Executive Committee meetings.]
{If necessary, these can be continued on additional pages}