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Springtime Begins at the USTTI
April 6, 2004

Intel and Microsoft: Two New USTTI Board Members
Please help us welcome two new companies to the USTTI Board of Directors. Both Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation have just joined the USTTI Board of Directors and hope to offer training in 2004. Representing Intel on the Board will be Peter Pitsch, Director of Communications Policy; representing Microsoft will be Pamela Passman, Managing Director, Global Corporate Affairs. As two of the leading communications/IT corporations in the world, both Intel and Microsoft are welcome additions to our growing family of USTTI sponsors. We look forward to working with them and hope to be able to post training details soon!

USTTI Open Forum
On Thursday, April 1, USTTI hosted an open forum on our web site where Curriculum Coordinators Brian McCloskey and Kelly O’Keefe answered your questions about USTTI training. We were able to answer nearly 50 questions posed by communications officials and entrepreneurs from 22 countries. Subjects discussed in this interactive “chat” ranged from issues regarding application procedures to funding to visa requirements and training topics. We hope that you review the transcript for answers to some questions that you might have about our program. Thank you to all of you who participated and made it such a success! Read the transcript...

USTDA South Asia Communications Infrastructure Conference: April 21-23 in Delhi, India
The USTTI will participate as an official supporting organization for a conference on improving communications infrastructure in South Asian nations. Sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the April 21-23 event in New Delhi, India, will bring communications ministry officials and private sector leaders from eight nations together with U.S. suppliers of telecommunications and Internet technologies, as well as representatives from the US government. For more information or to register, visit the conference website at http://www.trademeetings.com

USTTI Applications – Keep Them Coming!
USTTI has already received 6,808 applications from 119 countries. That is well above the number of applications received this time last year; and just 1000 applications short of the total applications submitted in all of 2003. Given our experiences thus far in the first trimester of 2004, we strongly urge you and your colleagues to continue submitting your applications early – as US visas can take several months! Please let us know if you have any questions about USTTI training or the application process. Link here to the USTTI online application.

Regulatory Professional Development Workshop in Amman, Jordan
Curriculum Coordinator Brian McCloskey represented the USTTI on the US Delegation to the “Professional Development Workshop,” sponsored by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of Jordan and USAID. The workshop, which took place March 23 – 25, 2004 in Jordan, brought together officials from the member states of the Arab Telecommunications Regulatory Network (ATRN) – Jordan, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Morocco, and Egypt. In addition to senior regulators from the ATRN member states, the workshop also included several Iraqi officials.

The workshop which included numerous USTTI graduates from the Middle East focused on the evolving nature of ICT regulation – transitioning from a close supervisory role of largely dominant operators to one in which the regulators’ focus is on the need to act as a catalyst for growth of access to a diverse range of products and services provided by competing service-providers. Furthermore, the workshop was a catalyst for identifying leading Arab telecom/IT officials who could benefit from USTTI training as they promote enlightened regulatory policies in the Middle East.

March Madness – The Results Are In!
Congratulations to the University of Connecticut who won the US Men’s College Basketball Tournament last night. The Huskies defeated Georgia Tech 82-73 in the final game played in San Antonio, Texas. We wish the Connecticut Women’s team luck as well as they face off tonight against Tennessee in New Orleans, Louisiana. And congratulations to Janet Concepcion’s husband Gerry who won the USTTI pool this year – way to pick ‘em!

Springtime is here… Almost!
Spring officially began on March 21 and USTTI held our first 2004 orientation on March 26! USTTI spectrum management training sponsored by NTIA and television broadcasting training sponsored by WRC-TV NBC4 in DC and WBAL-TV in Baltimore are now taking place, and our first participants of 2004 are doing well. Another signal of spring, the famous DC cherry blossoms are also in bloom – unfortunately it has been unseasonably cold here in the US capital city. We are all patiently waiting to put away our coats and sweaters and really welcome the spring to the Northeast – and to welcome many of you to Washington throughout 2004!


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