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[802SEC] 802.16k PAR for 802 EC consideration in March

Dear 802 EC Colleagues:

I am writing to notify you of a new PAR that arose out of the Working Group's January interim session:

* P802.16k: <>
This is for a proposed amendment to 802.1D on 802.16 Bridging.

The 802.16 Working Group members agreed on 12 January, without objection, to forward this PAR. The meeting was without a quorum, so the motion will be formally considered at the March 802 Plenary. We are open to comments and ask that they be delivered to us, per the P&P, by 5 pm on Tuesday of the Plenary Week (7 March).

As background information: Tony Jeffree raised a concern at the 802 EC meeting of 18 November regarding the potential for the 802.16 Mobile Multihop Relay Study Group activity to lead to bridging problems. We identified a 802.16 member (DJ Johnston) to represent 802.16 at the 802.1 interim last week, to explain the Study Group's thinking, gather feedback from 802.1, and be the contact for subsequent discussions during the week (while 802.16 and the Study Group were simultaneously meeting in New Delhi). This discussion led us to understand the importance of adding an additional subclause to 802.1D calling out the specific case of 802.16. We proposed to address the problem by immediately proposing a PAR. It is closely modeled after 802.17a, which, to my understanding, is the most recent project to amend 802.1D.

I'd like to thank DJ for his invaluable assistance. I also want to thank Tony and the others in 802.1 (especially Mick Seaman and Norm Finn) for helping DJ to better appreciate the issues.



Dr. Roger B. Marks  <> +1 303 497 7837      
National Institute of Standards and Technology/Boulder, CO, USA
Chair, IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access

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