Given the stiff formality of many of the messages on this topic, and the
description of who did what and why, I suspect the problem is some sort of a
regarding what approach (or which particular solution) should be taken in OAM
MPLS. And that the two factions were probably backed by different commercial
And that one faction had the upper hand within the IETF and the other faction
the upper hand within the ITU. The former committee was to provide the ITU
with an official or de-facto veto power over the IETF output, so that the ITU
agreement would be required for "IETF consensus". Eventually, the IETF faction
of the fact that they weren't going to convert the ITU faction to their
solution, so the
veto arrangement was summarily terminated from the IETF side, and now the IETF
can reach "consensus".
So we will get two standards, one from the IETF and one from the ITU, and the
will be determined in the marketplace. "The great thing about standards is
are so many to choose from!"
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