The last few years have witnessed a tremendous growth of the demand for wireless services and a significant increase of the number of mobile subscribers. A recent data traffic forecast from Cisco reported that the global mobile data traffic reached 1.2 zettabytes per year in 2016, and the global IP traffic will increase nearly threefold over the next 5 years. Based on these predictions, a 127-fold increase of the IP traffic is expected from 2005 to 2021. It is also anticipated that the mobile data traffic will reach 3.3 zettabytes per year by 2021, and that the number of mobile-connected devices will reach 3.5 per capita.
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At its 18 May 2019 meeting, the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society passed amendments to the Society’s Constitution document regarding member election of the Society’s President-Elect, updating the reference to email voting instead of postal mail voting along with its associated timeframe and removing the 30-day waiting period, so amendments are effective after all required approvals are received. Procedures require approval by the IEEE Technical Activities Board, which has already been secured, followed by a 30-day period for member comment. Publication here fulfills the latter portion of this approval requirement. The amendment is considered approved unless one-half percent or more of the Society’s membership objects, in writing, within 30 days of publication - by 6 July 2019. Please provide comments via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The amendments appear below.
Notation: Material to be excised appears as
strikethrough; material to be added is bolded.
ARTICLE V - ADMINISTRATION
Section 1. The Society shall be governed by an administrative committee which shall be referred to as the Board of Governors, and which shall comprise the Society’s Officers, Members-at-Large and Regional Directors-at-Large.
The Officers of the Society shall be the President, the President-Elect, and the Vice Presidents. The
Officers Vice Presidents shall be elected by the Board of Governors and shall serve terms and perform such duties as are specified in the Bylaws.
Section 2. The voting members of the Society shall elect the President-Elect, Members-at-Large and Regional Directors-at-Large who shall serve on the Society’s Board of Governors. The number and method of election of the President-Elect, Members-at-Large and Regional Directors-at-Large shall be as specified in the Bylaws.
ARTICLE VI - NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1. The Board of Governors shall submit, annually, to the voting members at least two candidates for the President-Elect, and each Member-at-Large and Regional Director-at-Large position becoming vacant.
Section 2. The election procedure for the President-Elect, Members-at-Large, and Regional Directors-at-Large of the Board of Governors shall provide for petition candidates.
ARTICLE X - AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Amendments to this Constitution may be initiated either by petition submitted in writing with the exact wording of the amendments to the President by a minimum of one-half percent of the members of the Society or by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Governors. Each proposed amendment will be transmitted for administrative approval to the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB). If approved by the IEEE, the proposed amendment shall appear in a Society publication normally reaching all members of the Society, with notice that it shall be considered approved unless one-half percent or more of the Society membership objects, in writing, within 30 days of publication. If such objections are received, a copy of the proposed amendment shall be mailed with a ballot to all members of the Society at least 30 days before the date appointed for return of the ballots. The ballots shall carry a statement of the time limit for their return to the balloting agency. Approval of the amendment by at least two-thirds of the ballots legally cast shall be necessary for enactment.
Section 2. Changes to the Bylaws may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Governors present at a regularly convened meeting of the Board, provided that notice of the proposed new bylaw or amendment has been transmitted to each Board member at least one week prior to such a meeting. In addition, a proposed new Bylaw or amendment may be adopted by a two-thirds email vote of the members of the Board of Governors, provided a seven-day
30-day period is allowed for such responses. In either event, the proposed new Bylaw or amendment shall be reviewed by the Vice President, Technical Activities IEEE TAB Secretary after prior to its presentation to the Board of Governors.
Following adoption by the Board of Governors, the proposed new Bylaw or amendment shall appear on the Society’s website. No proposed new Bylaw or amendment shall take effect until it has been published and has been mailed to the Vice President, Technical Activities
IEEE TAB Secretary and he/she has obtained any other necessary approvals.
Section 3. All amendments to the Constitution
or the Bylaws shall become effective immediately upon 30 days after all necessary approvals and notifications , unless a later date has been specified at the time the vote is taken.
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