The one-person, one-vote balloting procedures of the IEEE need to be revised.
The latest dust up in IEEE standards making was last week's decision by the IEEE's Standards board to temporarily suspend deliberations by the 802.20 working group on mobile broadband wireless technology.
The reason? There have been allegations that the group's chairman tilted his decisions in the direction of Qualcomm and Kyocera. Although supposedly an independent consultant, the chairman is alleged to also have a business relationship with Qualcomm.
It doesn't end there. There have been continuing allegations for the past three years that Qualcomm has attempted to pack the voting meetings with individuals that favored its point of view.
The focus of the balloting allegations was Qualcomm's alleged attempt to have OFDM torpedoed as a base technology. That problem ended when Qualcomm acquired OFDM expert Flarion last August.
Interestingly enough, a Qualcomm spokesman cast new light on the allegations when he noted that because of one-person, one vote balloting in the IEEE, it is not uncommon for companies to bring people to the working groups not just in this instance but many others as well.
Isn't it about time the IEEE reformed its voting process?