End of Summer Update from USTTI
August 22, 2006
The USTTI is pleased to announce that we have just completed very successful first and second trimesters of training, completing 52 of our 86 offered courses! We want to thank all of our volunteer trainers and say congratulations to all of our 2006 graduates. So far this year we have 224 graduates, giving us a grand total of 7,209 graduates! The USTTI is pleased to announce that a scholar from Azerbaijan graduated from course M6-121, “Seminar on e-Government for Development: Strategies and Policies.” This brings the total number of countries served to 165. This month is also our final push for applications for our third trimester courses. In particular we encourage you to submit applications for our wireless, Internet, and satellite course sequences. Thank you for your continued interest in the USTTI’s tuition-free training.
Commissioner Tate Visits the USTTI
We would like to thank Commissioner Deborah Tate for taking time away from her duties at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to share her expertise and knowledge with regulators from around the world during course M6-208, “Regulatory and Privatization Issues in Telecommunications” sponsored by the FCC. Commissioner Tate spoke to the 18 scholars about current issues facing the FCC and then opened the floor for questions and discussion on current issues that developing nations are facing. Thank you Commissioner Tate!
To close our Telecom/IT Policy and Regulatory Sequence, the USTTI hosted a roundtable discussion between Regulators from around the world and representatives from the FCC and U.S. ICT industry. Rudy Baca of Rini Coran, PC moderated the roundtable discussion and facilitated a lively 2-hour discussion. Participants included Board members Juan Belt of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Douglas Schoenberger of at&t, and Frank Weaver of Boeing. We were also pleased to welcome Eric Stark, NTIA; Jaqueline Ruff, Verizon Communications; Timothy Finton, U.S. Department of State; Julie Hedlund, Hedlund Consulting; and James Bird, Dan Emrick, Lisa Fowlkes, Julius Knapp, and Barbara Kreisman from the FCC. The two hour discussion gave scholars a chance to learn more about major issues facing the ICT industry in the U.S. and to share the major issues in their respective countries.
The USTTI is pleased to announce that we will host a luncheon reception on November 16 in Antalya, Turkey for USTTI alumni and board member representatives at the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference. The reception will take place at the Sungate Port Royal Hotel and will be co-hosted by Ambassador Michael Gardner, Chairman of the USTTI and Board Member Ambassador David Gross of the U.S. State Department. All USTTI alumni planning to attend the Plenipotentiary Conference should contact Curriculum Coordinator Lacy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the reception.
Special Summer Visitors to the USTTI
On July 21st, the USTTI was honored to host Mr. Mohammed Tawfiq, the Minster of Communications in Iraq. Mr. Tawfiq visited the USTTI as a sign of his continued support for telecommunication training for Iraqis. USTTI Chairman Michael Gardner spoke at length with Minister Tawfiq on the many possibilities that USTTI can offer for senior-level technical and managerial training in telecommunications and broadcasting. USTTI was proud to have Mr. Tawfiq visit and discuss the measures that are currently being undertaken to advance telecommunication education in Iraq.
Dr. Ahmad Hiasat, Chairman, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of Jordan, visited the USTTI offices on June 16th. Prior to being named Chairman of the TRC in March of this year, Dr. Hiasat was Dean of the King Abdullah II of Electrical Engineering – Princess Sumaya University of Technology. Dr. Hiasat met with Ambassador Gardner and USTTI Curriculum Coordinators to discuss training opportunities for the TRC. We look forward to the continued training of highly qualified women and men from the Jordanian TRC and larger ICT community.
The Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Shazda Malik, also paid a visit to the USTTI this summer. Mr. Malik’s visit focused on increasing the training opportunities available to Pakistanis at the USTTI. Ambassador Gardner praised Mr. Malik’s successful leadership in promoting wireless competition in Pakistan’s mobile phone marketplace. This competition has lead to significant consumer benefits as wireless penetration substantially increased and prices dropped.
USTTI Chairman Gardner also welcomed Hamadoun Touré, Director of the Telecommunications Development Bureau of the ITU to USTTI offices this summer as well. Ambassador Gardner and Mr. Touré discussed the possibility for an expanded partnership between the ITU and the USTTI based on an earlier Memorandum of Understanding that provides for the ITU to fund the travel expenses of promising officials from the developing world who wish to attend the USTTI’s tuition free training.
This coming September 4th is Labor Day, a national holiday in the United States and USTTI will be closed in observance of the holiday. Labor Day, always the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American worker. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. USTTI will resume business on September 5th, 2006.