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2004 a Record-Breaking Year for USTTI
October 18, 2004

Alumni Update

Congratulations to Mr. Thomas Malesela of Botswana, who was recently promoted to the position of Principal Technical Officer with Botswana Government Broadcasting Services. Mr. Malesela is a 2004 USTTI graduate, having trained with Voice of America in their course, “Radio and TV Studio Design, Operation, and Management,” and with the Harris Broadcast Communications Division in “Broadcast Transmitter Operation and Maintenance.” Special thanks are due to the exceptional trainers at Voice of America and the Harris Corporation who made these courses possible. Best wishes go to Thomas and Botswana Government Broadcasting Services for their continued advancement.


USTTI Record-Breaking Applicant Pool

The USTTI has received more applications for training in 2004 than in any other year in its 22-year history, having already processed an unprecedented 11,176 applications from officials in 131 countries. These numbers have resulted in diverse groups of highly-qualified participants for all courses, and we thank all the applicants around the world who expressed their desire to attend our programs this year. As we approach the end of the 2004 training year, the USTTI is on pace to train almost 300 individuals in 95 countries, who will join our alumni network of over 6,700 officials in 164 countries.


Cheers to the Class of 2004!

In the past month, USTTI has graduated more than 50 additional women and men from our third trimester programs. To congratulate all of these new alumni, USTTI Curriculum Coordinators have been busy traveling to graduations at locations including Cingular headquarters in Atlanta, the Burns Telecom Center in Montana for QUALCOMM training, the FCC’s Columbia monitoring lab, Boeing’s facilities in Los Angeles, and Intelsat and PanAmSat offices here in Washington, DC. Participants also traveled for training to York, Pennsylvania; Montgomery, Alabama; and Estes Park, Colorado! As you can see, the USTTI and our Board members and sponsors continue to expose our participants to high-tech facilities throughout the United States so they can experience first-hand the latest techniques and technologies in the dynamic US telecom, broadcast, and IT sectors.


Can You Believe it is Almost 2005?

The training year is flying by and the USTTI staff is already hard at work with our Board members and sponsors on our 2005 curriculum. Please do not hesitate to contact the USTTI with recommendations for future courses as we expand our curriculum to best meet the training needs of telecom/IT professionals throughout the developing world. We anticipate that the USTTI web site will be updated with our 2005 curriculum by early December, and that our 2005 Course Catalog and Annual Report will be mailed out to the world before the New Year. Here is looking to another successful training year!


Andean Delegation Visits USTTI

Sponsored by the United States Department of State Telecommunications Leadership Program (TLP) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the USTTI had the opportunity to outreach to senior-level regulatory officials from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru during the Andean Free Trade Agreement Meetings in late September. In an effort to strengthen their regulatory framework, nineteen prominent Andean officials discussed with the FCC matters such as enforcement issues and procedures, universal service, competition safeguards, pricing issues, international telecommunications, and licensing. Their busy schedule also included meetings with the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), COMPTEL, Verizon and BellSouth, and concluded with a tour and overview of the USTTI.


United States Election Update

With less than three weeks before the November 2 Presidential election in the United States, the race has tightened as President Bush’s post-convention statistical bounce has been diminished. In the most recent polls, President Bush and Senator Kerry are in a statistical dead-heat. Approximately six percent of registered voters have yet to decide whom they will vote for, and these individuals will likely determine the outcome of the race. Some of the key issues in the campaign include homeland security, America’s position in Iraq, job creation, stem-cell research, environmental protection, abortion, and Presidential appointments to the Supreme Court.


USTTI Conducts Special Outreach to Central Asia and CIS

USTTI Curriculum Coordinator Matthew Gebert recently attended an ITU/USAID Workshop on Rural Access to Communications for CIS and Baltic States in Almaty, Kazakhstan as part of a special outreach effort to the region. Senior communications officials from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan were in attendance, and topics discussed ranged from universal access to market liberalization and spectrum management. The USTTI anticipates a large applicant pool from these countries in 2005, and looks forward to meeting the training needs of these countries as they strive to provide modern, reliable communications access to all their citizens.


Congratulations on the Addition!

On Tuesday, September 21, USTTI Administrative Assistant Janet Cerbo Concepcion gave birth to a healthy 6 pound 3 ounce baby girl. The USTTI staff congratulates Janet and Gerry on the newest member of their family, Giselle Marietta Concepcion, and wishes them the best of luck in the years to come.

 

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