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USTTI Begins its 24th Training Year
January 13, 2006

Iraqi National Communications and Media Commission Visit
In early January, the USTTI welcomed representatives from the Iraqi National Communications and Media Commission (NCMC) in Washington, DC. Leading the delegation was Dr. Siyamend Othman, Chief Executive Officer of NCMC, who gave a brief presentation on the current regulatory and security situation in Iraq to members of USTTI’s Board of Directors and their representatives. The delegation also met privately with USTTI Chairman, Ambassador Michael R. Gardner and discussed strategic goals with Rudy Baca, an expert on the U.S. and global market, and Mostafa Terrab, Program Manager of the infoDev Program of The World Bank. The NCMC visit at the USTTI began a week of site visits which included the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); The World Bank; Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Meeting with the Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda
Her Excellency Deborah Mae Lovell, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, met with Ambassador Michael Gardner, Chairman of the USTTI on January 11, 2006 to discuss training opportunities for communication officials and entrepreneurs in her country. Amb. Lovell is committed to improving the infrastructure of Antigua and Barbuda by providing training to all levels in the telecom/IT sector. USTTI applauds Amb. Lovell's dedicated approach to economic development through the maximum deployment of the most modern, competitive Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Roundtable Discussion with Nadershah Arian & USTTI Board Representatives
USTTI Chairman Michael Gardner met with alumnus Nadershah Arian, Head of the Spectrum Management Department in the Ministry of Communications of Afghanistan, last December, to discuss training opportunities for officials in his department. After attending the 2005 Defense Spectrum Management Summit in Annapolis, Maryland, Nadershah was given an escorted tour of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and during a second visit to the USTTI, explained the current regulatory situation in Afghanistan to USTTI Board representatives. We offer special thanks to Major David Labrie, who accompanied Mr. Arian on his trip to the United States, and wish them both continued success as they work to improve the telecommunications/IT sector in Afghanistan.

Online Forum with USTTI Curriculum Coordinators
As we enter our 2006 training year, the USTTI wants to hear from you! Curriculum Coordinators Francesca Tripodi, Bill Tucker, and Will Linnoila will be online to answer your questions from 8:30am-11:00am, EST on Monday, January 30, 2006. We look forward to discussing 2006’s 86-course curriculum, our volunteer training sponsors, the USTTI application process, and possible funding opportunities. We also welcome your suggestions regarding future training courses and how we can continue to advance your and your country’s telecom /IT goals. Submit your questions now!

USTTI Internet Technology Sequence - Apply Today
Applications are currently under review for our Internet Technology Sequence. Engineers who work at Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or have a solid background in IP and routers are encouraged to apply. Please note that this sequence is not intended for regulators interested in learning more about IT networking. Regulators who desire IT training should consider applying to the following sequences: Telecom/IT Policy & Regulation or Advanced Network & Wireless Technologies: A Policy Perspective, which both begin in July.

Attention Spectrum Managers and Engineers
The USTTI first course sequence of 2006, Spectrum Management and Monitoring is almost closed! Interested candidates with spectrum licensing and monitoring responsibility should apply today. This course is filling up rapidly and a waitlist for participation is expected.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On January 16th, 2006 the USTTI office will be closed in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On the third Monday of every January, the U.S. celebrates the achievements of Dr. King, who worked to mobilize a non-violent effort to achieve equal civil rights between black and white Americans. His work led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which helped reduce discrimination in voting, and also to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made racial discrimination in public places illegal. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.


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