802.20 working group changes voting process

The working group for the IEEE 802.20 mobile broadband standard, which found itself embroiled in debate last year over Qualcomm's influence, has changed its voting rules. Instead of one person one vote, the group will now allow each entity--including vendors, university research groups and other bodies--to have just one vote. Typically in IEEE networking standards groups, members vote as individuals regardless of whom they work for, but that practice has come under fire as allegations that Qualcomm was trying to dominate the process came to the surface. The working group was suspended last June after its chairman, Jerry Upton, identified himself as an independent consultant paid by Qualcomm. Apparently, members are still concerned about Qualcomm's influence.

For more about the IEEE 802.20 working group's move:
- read this article from InfoWorld

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