User group the Telecommunications Managers Association (TMA) has opted out of working with industry standards bodies to help create technology standards.
Speaking to Computer Weekly, TMA director general David Harrington said it was not worth a user organisation's while working to create standards.
"Users don't enjoy success with standards," he said. "The standards scene is dominated by [IT] suppliers and manufacturers. Standards bodies are there to draw vertical interests together.
"On most standards bodies, users are just window dressing," he said.
Users on standards committees also pay twice, he said. "They pay for their attendance subs and for the price of the resulting hardware which is inflated by the cost of the standards involved. So that's why we don't do it any more."