Summer at the USTTI
August 9, 2002
Competition Policy Course a Great Success
This July, to kick off the FCC's annual "Regulatory and Privatization Issues in Telecommunications" program, 4 prominent anti-trust and communications attorneys pooled their years of expertise for an intensive overview of Competition Policy. These four experts - James Bird, Senior Counsel, Office of General Counsel, FCC; Laury E. Bobbish, Asst. Chief; Telecom Task Force - Anti-Trust Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice; Thomas Krattenmaker, Senior Counsel, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; and Philip R. Verveer, Partner, Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher -- presented various perspectives on competitive theories and strategies - particularly as it impacts the development of a sound regulatory policy in a country's telecom sector. During and after the presentation, the four guest professors were kept on their toes by the probative questions offered by the 18 USTTI scholars in the seminar. The course was clearly a great success, and we look forward to offering it again in 2003!
Cyber Forum - "Telehealth and the Developing World"
On June 21st, the USTTI hosted a cyber forum featuring Mr. Rich Settimo, the Deputy Director of the University of Virginia Main Hospital's Office of Telemedicine. He was able to field a number of questions concerning Telehealth technologies and their many applications in the developing world. The forum was an informative exchange via the Internet between this USTTI expert and participants from around the world who were interested in the amazing possibilities that Telehealth technology holds for the citizens of their countries! Please check out the transcript at: http://ustti.org/forum/archive.php3?ForumID=14
USTTI Board Member - AT&T Wireless - Offers its First Course
The newest USTTI board member corporation, AT&T Wireless, offered its first course, "Wireless Communications Systems Training," on June 13. The course included a presentation about Wireless Communications systems and an in-depth tour of the company's cutting edge switching facility. Following the course, the participants engaged in an intensive question and answer session that kept the expert AT&T Wireless staff on their toes about this dynamic technology!
FCC Wireless Bureau Chief Visits USTTI Participants
As part of their orientation at USTTI headquarters in Washington, DC, a group of 14 wireless technical and policy experts from around the developing world were able to benefit from the expertise of Thomas Sugrue, the FCC's Wireless Bureau Chief. Mr. Sugrue visited the USTTI and spoke to the group about the exciting changes going on in the global wireless arena, and then answered several pointed questions on policy and technical issues.
USTTI Alumnus Works on the Spectrum
Geoffrey Sengendo, Assistant Technical Officer, Spectrum Management, Uganda Communications Commission (M2-106, M2-107, M2-113), has been busily working to put his spectrum training into action. His office is currently working on the formulation of Uganda's National Table of Frequency Allocations. Mr. Sengendo attended the USTTI's invaluable National Telecom and Information Administration (NTIA) and Federal Communications Commission courses this past spring.
A New Member of the USTTI Team!
Congratulations to Brian McCloskey, a Centennial, Colorado native who was just hired as a new Curriculum Coordinator for the USTTI. He is a recent graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and brings some great experience to the USTTI staff! Our alumni will see more of him beginning this September!
And the Chairman's Awards Go To...
Special congratulations go to Thomas Tycz, Satellite Division Chief in the International Bureau of the FCC and Julie Hedlund, Director, Global Government Relations, International Policy, at Nortel Networks. Each year, Ambassador Michael R. Gardner, Chairman of the USTTI, and the Board of Directors honors two notable individuals for their enthusiastic and tireless support for the USTTI and its 6,200 graduates in 162 developing countries. The Chairman's Awards were presented during the FCC Roundtable Discussion as part of their course "Regulatory and Privatization Issues in Telecommunications." Link here to see some of the previous recipients of this award...
USTTI Distance Learning Scholars Visit the World Bank
As part of their orientation session, participants in the USTTI's Distance Learning programs received a site visit of the World Bank's Global Development Learning Network (GDLN). The GDLN is a unique network of video conferencing sites that are used to connect professionals, students, and educators around the world. The GDLN has operating facilities in every continent - link above to learn more about the GDLN and to see how your organizations may be able to link up!
Out with the Old... In with the New!
For the past several years, participants in USTTI programs have been granted a special graduation gift - a USTTI baseball hat. These hats that have been circulating around the world will soon become vintage designs! The USTTI decided that it was time to redesign this USTTI staple. Beginning this week, future graduates of USTTI programs will get to be among the first to model our new USTTI baseball hats! The new design is sure to take the telecom world by storm!