Where Do Wireless LAN Standards Come From?
The short answer is that they come from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which is a nonprofit technical professional association with 380,000 members in 150 countries (as of June 2003). The IEEE oversees more than 900 active standards, with 700 under development, one of which is known as Project 802, responsible for creating standards for local area networks (LANs) and metropolitan area networks (MANs).
In Project IEEE 802's own words :
 This text was extracted from: http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/IEEE802/overview2000.pdf.
“The first meeting of the IEEE Computer Society 'Local Network Standards Committee,' Project IEEE 802, was held in February of 1980. There was ...