On this front... the IETF is running into the same problem
as the airlines...
being asked to do more work with fewer people while at the
same time charging
the attendees more (who then expect MORE service for their
money). Such is
the times we live in.
The good news for these of us using airlines services quite often is that
airlines still perform better than the IETF network did last week :-)
Now, seriously and with all due respect and all the collegial understanding to
the fellows who ran the network last week - Guys, you had a problem! For many
people the network service they received were much worse than the service they
received at the previous four or five IETF meting, or similar gatherings in the
last couple of years. The folks who paid 500 USD registration fee expect you to
face the problem, and come with solutions to avoid such problems at the next
meetings. These solutions would better be something else than placing an
upfront warning like 'Use card A and driver B - instead of card C and driver D'
especially if C and D are quite widely deployed industry solutions. However,
even this type of warning was not in place at the last meeting. People came
with their standard equipment, that worked perfectly at many other events, and
just could not do their work with the wireless network last week.