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Another point to consider is "reachability." While some folks don't mind
flying two days in each direction to get to some location or another, I
generally consider a good balance between time and cost to be more
important than pure monetary considerations.
For instance, I would consider Latin America, but I generally don't
attend Japan/Korea/etc, just due to time in flight constraints. Someone
in Europe might consider Sand Diego a similar issue (where Africa might
be easier to get to than Sand Diego).
Anyway, just another consideration to think about. It's not always a
pure money issue.
Pekka Savola wrote:
On Wed, 12 Jul 2006, JORDI PALET MARTINEZ wrote:
Just to give some extra *valuable* info about my comment in the plenary.
1) Meetings cost money. Doing meetings in Latin America/Caribbean and
Africa, will save a lot of cost to IETF as an organization.
5) There have been already some offers to sponsor meetings there (even
believe the sponsorship should be changed from what we have now, but
a different topic).
No doubt some parts of such a meeting cost would be cheaper. Actually
meetings don't "cost" IETF money though, as Ray's slides showed, meeting
revenues are higher expenses. Perhaps the bottom line (facilities cost,
food/beverages, sponsorship, hosting expenses, network connectivity,
etc.) has not been significantly different from a more traditional and
less risky location or logistics haven't worked out.
Personally, I have no particular desire to meet in Africa or Latin
America/Caribbean but if the IAOC feels that makes a significant
difference financially I'd have no problem with it. They've been chosen
to make that call so that we don't need to worry about it.
riw(_at_)cisco(_dot_)com CCIE <>< Grace Alone
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