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August 22, 2002

USTTI to Welcome its First Afghan Participants
Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), this November, the USTTI and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a USTTI Board member organization, will be hosting four Afghan officials at its Columbia, Maryland facilities for a special seminar in spectrum monitoring. With the addition of these four graduates, the USTTI will be able to make Afghanistan its 163rd country served! Link here for a complete listing of the home countries of the USTTI's more than 6,200 alumni.


States of Iowa and Minnesota Host USTTI Participants
Through the outstanding efforts and organization of the Iowa Telecommunications Association and the Minnesota Telephone Association, USTTI privatization and regulation participants were welcomed to the states of Iowa and Minnesota for a one-week tour of various state-level aspects of the telecom industry. As part of these two programs, M2-216 and M2-220, the 12 participants met with state legislators, members and staff of the Regulatory Commissions, and owners and executives of various types and sizes of telecom companies, including telephone cooperatives. Through round table discussions, presentations, and site visits, the participants were able to get an in depth understanding of the regulatory structures of the telecom industries in both Iowa and Minnesota - and compare and contrast them with one another. In addition, these USTTI scholars were given an excellent dose of Mid-Western hospitality, and were taken through various historical and cultural sites in both states! Each year, the USTTI works with various state telecom associations to supplement the FCC's senior level course, "Regulatory and Privatization Issues in Telecommunications."


New Policy Cyber Forum Scheduled for September 17!!!
Following positive feedback received from participants of the USTTI's one-day "Seminar in Competition Policy," we have planned a cyber forum to address similar themes for the date of SEPTEMBER 17th, at 10:00am EST. Ambassador Michael R. Gardner, Chairman of the USTTI, Thomas Krattenmaker, Special Counsel at DC law firm, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., and other experts will be online live to receive your questions concerning competition policy in the new telecommunications environment. Has the regulatory forecast changed with the recent bankruptcies and other rapid changes moving through the telecom marketplace? Stay tuned for additional information!


USTTI Looks Forward to 2003
Can you believe that our 20th training year is almost over? As the USTTI enters into its third trimester, we are beginning to look ahead towards our 2003 course curriculum. The more than 8,000 applications received this year underscores the increased global demand for USTTI training, and in response, we are working to expand our curriculum in 2003! As always, we encourage all of our alumni to email us with any suggestions that you might have concerning the training needs in your developing countries. Contact Curriculum Coordinator, Kelly O'Keefe, kokeefe@ustti.org, with any thoughts or comments as we plan for next year!


Marrakech or Bust!
For all of those involved with the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference activities this fall in Marrakech, Morocco, the USTTI is holding an alumni reception on Wednesday, October 9 from 12:00 - 2:00pm at the Kempinski Mansour Eddhabi. The reception will welcome all alumni and friends of the USTTI as we celebrate our 20th year of offering tuition-free communications training! Be sure to mark your calendars and we hope to see you there. Feel free to email Kelly O'Keefe at kokeefe@ustti.org if you know that you will be in Morocco and if you would like any further information.


USTTI Scholars Visit Hewlett-Packard History!
As part of their Internet training program, "Building and Managing the Network in a Changing World: Developing Utility Grade Infrastructures for the Network of the Future," USTTI Participants took a step back in time to the origins of the Hewlett Packard Company. They were able to visit the small Palo Alto, California garage where in 1938, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard built HP's very first product, the resistance-capacity audio oscillator (HP 200A), an electronic instrument used to test sound equipment. Informative tours are often a fun and interesting supplement to intensive, hands-on USTTI training! Link here for more information on the current activities and history of USTTI Board member company, Hewlett Packard.


Cisco Systems Graduates 14 Internet Scholars
On Friday, Aug. 23, 14 women and men from 9 developing countries will complete Cisco's "Network Security Workshop," which has been taking place at high-tech Cisco facilities in San Jose, California. Since Cisco joined the USTTI's Board of Directors in 1999, its 17 popular Internet training programs have attracted 2,664 applications and graduated 132 women and men from 44 developing countries!


Don't Miss Telemobile's Wireless Training Photo Gallery!
Be sure to link to Telemobile Inc.'s web site to get a vivid glimpse into the busy training week had by USTTI participants earlier this summer during Telemobile's course, "Wireless Rural Telecommunications System Planning Including Terrestrial Infrastructure and Satellite PSTN Interconnection." The course, which Telemobile has offered through the USTTI for the past 11 years, offers an excellent technical overview of the provision of wireless communications services to remote and rural areas. As you can see from the photos, the course mixed intensive hands-on training with excellent presentations, and also some time for the 15 graduates to relax and do some site-seeing around Los Angeles!


Summer Sizzles in Washington, DC!
It is summertime here at the USTTI - and DC has been hit with record high temperatures throughout the season! As we try to stay cool, we hope that all of you are doing well and that you have been able to enjoy some vacation time this July and August. For those of our alumni in the cooler climates - or in the midst of winter - send some cool thoughts to the USTTI!

 

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