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[802SEC] Proposed action on 802.15.3a PAR withdrawal

Dear EC Members

As you have all probably seen in the press, Task Group 3a in 802.15 voted 
to recommend the withdrawal of its PAR.  The action was unanimously 
affirmed by the full Working Group.  The PAR was due to expire in December 
of this year anyway and given that one of the parties in the stalemate 
adamantly refused to compromise, this is a sensible action.  I will be pre 
submitting this recommendation for conditional inclusion on the NesCom 
March meeting agenda subject to approval by the EC in Denver in a few 
weeks.  Just wanted to give everyone a heads up.

Press has been generally neutral to slightly positive regarding the 
action.  The IEEE has not been blamed.  That is the good news.  Something 
we may want to discuss though is the fact that this collision of factions 
is happening more and more. We seem stymied on how to deal with blocks and 
voter influence through economic pressure. Proving this stuff is difficult 
and the level of proof required is unclear. Does taking action expose us to 
lawsuits? Our 75% consensus requirement makes it relatively easy to block 
an action.  These are topics we should perhaps discuss in Denver.


Bob Heile, Ph.D
Chairman, ZigBee Alliance
Chair, IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Personal Area Networks
11 Louis Road
Attleboro, MA  02703   USA
Mobile: +1-781-929-4832

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