USTTI September Update
September 2, 2011
2011 Training Year Update
The USTTI has just concluded our second trimester of robust course offerings by ICT leaders in industry and government. Twenty-one scholars from 11 countries participated in the USTTI's Management Training Sequence, which was sponsored by Silicon Flatirons, the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), and Intel Corporation. During training, participants in Colorado and California were enlightened by Dale Hatfield, Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder Law School; Ken Myers, Planning and Operations Manager, Network & Service Providers for HP; and Jayne Stancavage, Worldwide Wi-Fi Spectrum Harmonization Manager for Intel Corporation.
The USTTI's "Seminar in Competition Policy" in the Telecom/IT Policy and Regulation Sequence trained senior officials from regulatory bodies in Burundi, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Ghana, Nepal, Pakistan, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda. During their two weeks of training the USTTI scholars from these 13 countries heard from expert professors Mark Williamson, Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP; Ann Bushmiller, Attorney Advisor for the FCC; and Luin Fitch, Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Policy experts from the FCC generously volunteered their time and shared their vast experiences with these regulators during the course, "Regulatory and Privatization Issues in Telecommunications". The sequence included intensive and hands on training with industry leaders from Intelsat, AT&T, and IBM, who opened their corporate facilities to demonstrate the practical implications that can be realized with enlightened regulatory leadership.
During the next three months the USTTI will conduct our third trimester of the 2011 training year. The 36 courses address a variety of topics and will be conducted by Voice of America (VOA), Inmarsat, Intelsat, the Boeing Company, Verizon, Intel, Ericsson, the FCC, NTIA, Internet Society (ISOC), Verisign, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, and AT&T in the areas of Radio and TV Broadcast Technology, Distance Learning, Satellite Communications, Spectrum Monitoring, Internet Technology, Emergency Communications, Wireless Technology, Telemedicine, and Mobile Broadband. There is still time to apply for courses that take place later in the trimester, so please submit online applications as soon as possible.
Industry - Government Roundtable
The USTTI conducted a highly interactive roundtable discussion between USTTI scholars and industry and government leaders in the topics of regulatory best practices and the best ways to introduce competition in a country's ICT sector. Our Board Members responded to questions posed by 20 USTTI scholars from 14 different countries on the best ways to liberalize international gateways, manage spectrum, and introduce investment to their growing ICT marketplaces. USTTI Board Member representatives included Diane Cornell, Inmarsat; Kalpak Gude, Intelsat; Eric Loeb, AT&T; Gary Pinkham, Ericsson; Peter Pitsch, Intel Corporation; Marie Royce, Alcatel-Lucent; Shane Tews, Verisign; and Frank Weaver, The Boeing Company.
USTTI/Intel Inaugural Post Graduate Summit
On June 23rd and 24th, Intel launched the first ever USTTI/Intel post-graduate summit in Nepal. Over 63 USTTI graduates in Nepal attended a two day workshop led by the Intel World Ahead Program. The workshop brought USTTI alumni together to identify and discuss current ICT issues that need to be addressed in Nepal and to propose a singular ICT project that would involve Nepalese USTTI graduates from all sectors. At the conclusion of the inaugural program, the USTTI Nepal Alumni team agreed to work together on a program to boost the use of ICT in Nepal's vibrant tourism sector. Due to the hard work of Intel's TK Tien, World Ahead, Intel Corporation; and Chris Thomas, Chief Strategist and Director of Architecture, Intel World Ahead, this inaugural program was a tremendous success that the USTTI and Intel hope to replicate in additional countries.
On September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to demonstrate the strength of the organized labor movement and inspire improvements in working conditions. This event marked America's first Labor Day parade and in 1894 our Congress passed legislation designating Labor Day as a national holiday. While today Labor Day is associated less with organized labor, it still recognizes the everyday contributions of American workers. For many Americans, the holiday represents the symbolic end of summer, a last opportunity to get outdoors for a picnic, sporting event, or family gathering. In observance of Labor Day, the USTTI - and all Federal U.S. Government offices - will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2011 and will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th.
Major Announcement Coming from USTTI
As USTTI prepares to enter its third decade of information sharing we are working on a major initiative that will be announced in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for further announcements and be sure to check in with ustti.org.