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Re: [802SEC] +++EC Email Ballot+++Urgent motion to approve 802.18 doc+++


At 07:36 PM 11/19/2004 -0500, Paul Nikolich wrote:

Dear EC members,

As agreed at the closing EC meeting, this is a 7 day email ballot to make a
determination on the below motion to
approve the attached document 18-04-0056-00-00 (TV Band NPRM Comments) as an
802 Document.

Moved: Carl Stevenson
Second: Jerry Upton

The ballot opens Friday 19 September 2004 7pm edt and closes the sooner of
Friday 26 September 2004 7pm edt or 24hours after all EC member have cast a
vote (a vote consists of an explicit APPROVE, DISAPPROVE or ABSTAIN).


--Paul Nikolich

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carl R. Stevenson" <>
To: "Paul Nikolich" <>
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 7:29 PM
Subject: Urgent motion to approve 802.18 doc


To immediately and urgently

approve the attached document 18-04-0056-00-00 (TV Band NPRM Comments)

as an 802 Document, authorizing Carl Stevenson and Michael Lynch to

make necessary non-substantive editorial cleanups and formatting

changes, and to file the document with the FCC on behalf of IEEE 802

in a timely fashion. (NOTE: the filing deadline is Nov. 30, 2004 and

additionally, we need time to do the editorial cleanups and final

Formatting for filing.)

Moved: Carl R. Stevenson

Seconded: Jerry Upton

Information for the EC:

The attached document was approved *unanimously* by 802.18 with broad

representation by voting members of 802.18 from both 802 as well as the

licensed incumbent services which future 802 wireless standards would,

by FCC rule and the ITU Radio Regulations, be required to protect from

harmful interference as a condition for access to the spectrum in

There are currently *NO* 802 wireless standards operating in the band in

question (the TV broadcast bands), so the recommendations in this document

would impose NO additional constraints on existing 802 wireless standards.

Any future 802 wireless standards desiring to operate in the band in

*will* be *required* by the FCC to afford the incumbent licensed services

protection from harmful interference.

(The standard to be developed by 802.22, under the scope of its PAR, is

specifically intended to operate in the TV broadcast bands, using

radio techniques to protect the incumbent licensed services from harmful


This document was reviewed by an ad hoc group from 802.11 (none of the

Wireless WG Chairs responded to an invitation for review).

Any future 802 wireless standard proposing to use the TV bands under the

proposed by the FCC would, by definition, be required to operate on a

non-interfering basis to the incumbent licensed services.

Additionally, the attached document is a delicately crafted, yet fair,

compromise, based on UNPRECEDENTED cooperation between the "traditional"

802 community and licensed incumbents, some of whom have gained voting

membership, and others who have met the attendance requirements at this

session and will gain voting membership at the March plenary.

These folks came to OUR table to work cooperatively with us in an effort

to avoid conflict over the FCC's proposal to allow unlicensed devices to

operate *in spectrum for which they hold licenses and have legal rights to

protection from harmful interference*.

After months of cooperative work, NOT filing the comments that were

Agreed between the RR-TAG and these incumbents will severely damage the

cooperative working relationship that has been forged between the

and "traditional 802 participants" and will almost certainly result in

withdrawing from their attempts to work cooperatively with us and make our

prospects of gaining access to the spectrum.

Finally, since IEEE 802.18 requested, and was granted, an extension of
in the

comment period, which the FCC granted - something that they normally don't
do - on

the basis that we had all of the incumbents at the table working

with us to bring a broad industry consensus position to the FCC, it will

certainly *trash* 802's reputation with the FCC if we do not deliver this

by the Nov. 30 filing deadline established by the extension of time that

at our request - a relationship that we have worked hard to cultivate and
has been

very productive.


Carl R. Stevenson (outgoing Chair, IEEE 802.18 RR-TAG)

Michael Lynch, Interim Chair, IEEE 802.18 RR-TAG

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