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Liaison statement
Broadband Forum adopts open structure

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State Posted
Submitted Date 2019-12-18
From Contact Lincoln Lavoie
To Groups IAB, IETF
To Contacts The IETF Chair <>
The IAB Chair <>
The IAB Executive Director <>
Cc The IAB Chair <>
The IAB <>
The IESG <>
The IETF Chair <>
The IAB Executive Director <>
Dave Sinicrope <>
Liaisons at BBF <>
Lincoln Lavoie <>
Robin Mersh <>
April Nowicki <>
Response Contact
Purpose For information
Attachments LIAISE-364_Broadband-Forum-adopts-open-structure_FINAL
Dear colleagues,

You’ve probably noticed that over the last few years, Broadband Forum has been
engaged in a significant transformation. Beginning in mid-2016 when we
committed to embracing both the best of open source and standards development,
the entire organization has been evolving both its methodology and its
deliverables. Our goal is to deliver significantly faster time-to-market and an
enhanced Dev/Ops approach by initiating new agile methods for rapid delivery of
innovative software and standards. Many projects have now been successfully
delivered using this approach – including several that have leveraged Open
Source licensing.

On October 14, 2019, Broadband Forum took the final step to become ‘open’,
adopting new Bylaws, which resulted in the Forum considering all its activities
to be ‘open’ for the purposes of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations
(more information on this change can be found at The new Bylaws eliminate any
restrictions on sharing Forum documentation and allow for anyone with interest
to have access to Forum deliberations and documents if they apply for it. The
impact of these changes for our liaison partners is that any communications you
send will now be transparent to anyone that wants access. We look forward to
our continued relationship and to the next chapter in the story of Open
Standards and Open Source. If you have any questions please feel free to
contact Robin Mersh (


Lincoln Lavoie,
Broadband Forum Technical Committee Chair