1. Background and History

  1. Wael William Diab and
  2. Howard M. Frazier

Published Online: 8 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118121993.ch1

Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone

Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone

How to Cite

Diab, W. W. and Frazier, H. M. (2011) Background and History, in Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118121993.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 24 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780738148380

Online ISBN: 9781118121993



  • Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM);
  • IEEE 802.3 standard


The IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee (LMSC) is the world's most renowned and influential entity in setting voluntary, consensus-based standards for computer networks. This chapter gives a historical perspective on the IEEE, its successful 802 LMSC, and its extraordinary 802.3 (Ethernet) Working Group. It discusses some of the stellar milestones that have been reached in the course of developing the IEEE 802.3 standard. The IEEE 802 LMSC consists of several groups, each of which is designated by a decimal number following the 802 project designation. There are three types of standing committees that exist under 802: the sponsor Executive Committee (EC), working groups (WGs) and technical advisory groups (TAGs). The IEEE 802.3 Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection (CSMA/CD) Working Group, Ethernet, has enjoyed wide success in the networking world. The chapter concludes by introducing Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) as part of the Ethernet standard.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Ethernet networks; IEEE 802.3 Standards