This is what happens when you have no governing body - the corporations govern. Ever since Jon Postel died, there has not been a strong leader with no commercial affiliations, which is what the IETF needs - paid (well-paid) positions for scientists who are committed to the advancement of internetworking as a whole. But what happens when something like Cisco's FabricPath beats TRILL to market? You can't regulate innovation, and that, as I see it, is the main problem with trying to govern Internet standards. However, that being said, if the IETF standard is better than the Cisco technology (or Juniper or Brocade or Hitachi or whoever), then the IETF standard will win out in the long run (see OSPF vs EIGRP), because consumers ultimately want the best, most widely adopted technology, not necessarily the first technology. So then we're back to having a strong, impartial leadership at the IETF, rather than two or three companies jockeying to have their technology enthroned as a standard.