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[802SEC] IEEE History Committee approval of milestone proposal 2021-11 802 Standards

Dear 802 EC,

Good news from Geoff, please see the below email.  We'll done Geoff and all that helped out!



-------- Original message --------
From: Brian Berg <>
Date: 9/6/23 11:15 AM (GMT-05:00)
Cc: Paul Nikolich <>, John D'Ambrosia <>
Subject: Re: Fw: IEEE History Committee approval of milestone proposal 2021-11 802 Standards

...and be sure to note that it is not a done deal, and so would not be official until November.  However, no worries!


On Wed, Sep 6, 2023 at 8:13 AM <> wrote:
Please forward to the SEC reflector

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Robert Colburn <>
To: Geoff Thompson <>
Cc: Brian Berg <>; Antonio Savini <>; Ievgen Pichkalov <>; Michael Geselowitz <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 07:59:16 AM PDT
Subject: IEEE History Committee approval of milestone proposal 2021-11 802 Standards

Dear Geoff Thompson,


It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the IEEE History Committee has voted to recommend approval of your milestone proposal to the IEEE Board of Directors.


We expect that the proposal will be submitted to the IEEE Board of Directors at its upcoming 19-20 November meeting. The Board of Directors will vote whether to give final approval of the milestone.


In the course of evaluating milestone proposals, the committee sometimes makes changes to the text of the citation for clarity, length, or style.  The citation which will be  recommended to the Board of Directors by the History Committee is:


 Origin of the IEEE 802 Family of Networking Standards, 1980-1999

The necessity to standardize computer Local Area Networks (LANs) resulted in the IEEE Computer Society sponsoring LAN Standard Project 802 in 1980. Four 802 Working Groups formed by 1999 proved particularly successful and transformative: IEEE 802.1 (Bridging), IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet), IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi®), and IEEE 802.15 (Wireless Personal Area Networks). IEEE 802 standards defined ever-expanding networking speeds and features, thus enabling the seamless interconnection of computing devices worldwide.


Please respond to me as soon as possible to confirm that the above citation is correct so that I may submit it to the Board of Directors agenda. If I do not hear from you, I will assume that the citation is correct.


Thank you again for your work researching and proposing this milestone, and for helping to preserve technological history.


Sincerely yours,



Robert Colburn, Research Coordinator
IEEE History Center
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Office: +1 732 562 5468

IEEE -- Advancing Technology for Humanity 

Engineering & Technology History

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