[tz] CCTF survey on Time and Frequency Metrology - Telecom

Steve Allen sla at ucolick.org
Fri Jan 29 17:51:58 UTC 2021

On Fri 2021-01-29T17:38:52+0000 Clive D.W. Feather hath writ:
> That's the leap hour proposal. I don't understand why so many people were
> against it.

The document given to ITU-R which proposed the leap hour came from the
United States.  At that date the US Code explicitly specified that
legal time was mean solar time, so representatives from the US groups
were legally bound to include some mechanism for retaining a
connection between UTC and mean solar days.  The objection to the leap
hour came from other countries.  The US Code has since been changed,
but not even pressure from US Department of State during talks about
foreign aid could convince some of the countries that objected in 2015.

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