August 11, 2010
Official USTTI Facebook Page
On Friday, August 13th USTTI will be launching our official Facebook page. We will use this page to facilitate expanded dialogue amongst our graduates when they return home, while also highlighting key USTTI events and milestones. Upon the completion of each training sequence, we will update the Facebook page with photos, videos and discussion boards. We welcome the inclusion of photos and videos from our alumni, and ask that you send all submissions via email to USTTI Curriculum Coordinator Mike Beirne (firstname.lastname@example.org). We also plan to incorporate messages from our trainers as a way to stay in touch with alumni, encourage participation and continue the USTTI’s tuition-free outreach throughout the developing world. We hope you enjoy this new interactive forum and look forward to reading your comments on the USTTI Facebook page.
2010 Training Year Update and Third Trimester Courses
USTTI has already processed 9,618 applications from communications officials and entrepreneurs in 128 countries for our 2010 training courses. Even with this impressive statistic, there is still time for your application to be received for many of our third trimester courses. In this regard, we are issuing a reminder for applications for our popular course sequences in Mobile Broadband, Rural Connectivity, Spectrum Monitoring and Radio Broadcasting sequences. Individuals interested in participating in one of these sequences – and those interested in our Satellite Communications, Emergency Communications, Telehealth, and Internet Technology sequences – are encouraged to apply online via the USTTI website (http://ustti.org/courses/apply.php3) as soon as possible.
USTTI Guest Lecturers
During the past month, senior officials who shape and drive the ICT policy agenda of the United States visited USTTI to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing ICT regulators, policy makers and entrepreneurs in the US and throughout the developing world. Phil Weiser, Senior Advisor to the Director for Technology and Innovation of the National Economic Council, The White House, had a lengthy discussion with USTTI scholars about the important relationship between government and industry in developing and implementing ICT policy.
Ambassador Phil Verveer, United States Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, US Department of State, spoke with USTTI scholars and stressed the importance of broadband deployment and the role that enlightened leadership plays in ensuring increased access to ICT throughout the developing world.
Additionally, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn spoke with USTTI participants about the key regulatory issues facing decision makers as they work to make ICT available and accessible to all citizens. Commissioner Clyburn highlighted the importance of a principled, determined approach to policymaking, a point that is especially relevant for regulators working to overcome many challenges throughout the developing world.
Recap of July USTTI Courses
July was a busy month for the USTTI, with three training programs conducted throughout United States.
Dale Hatfield, Executive Director for Silicon Flatirons and a renowned spectrum management guru, along with his excellent Silicon Flatirons team, began USTTI’s Management sequence in Boulder, CO with an intensive one-week course discussing effective management techniques, the telecommunications climate and efficient operational decisions. Following the week in Colorado, these 14 USTTI scholars from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Lesotho, Nepal, Nigeria, Paraguay, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia continued on to courses sponsored by USTTI Board Member corporations, The Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) and the Intel Corporation.
Twenty-six officials and entrepreneurs from Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Ghana, Iraq, Lesotho, Liberia, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Trinidad and Tobago, Sierra Leone and Zambia spent three weeks in Washington, DC attending USTTI’s bedrock Telecom/IT Policy and Regulation sequence. During their three weeks in the United States, this highly interactive group of senior officials from the developing world discussed key policy issues in courses sponsored by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy (UKTA), AT&T and the IBM Institute for Electronic Government.
Additionally, broadcasters from 10 developing countries spent five weeks in Washington, DC and Quincy, IL attending USTTI’s Radio and Television Broadcast Technology Sequence, which was sponsored by Voice of America and Harris Broadcast Communications Division.
Labor Day in the United States
On September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to demonstrate the strength of the organized labor movement and inspire improvements in working conditions. This event marked America’s first Labor Day parade and in 1894 our Congress passed legislation designating Labor Day as a national holiday. While Labor Day is associated less with organized labor today, it still recognizes the everyday contributions of American workers. For many Americans, the holiday represents the symbolic end of summer, a last opportunity to get outdoors for a picnic, sporting event, or family gathering. In observance of Labor Day, the USTTI – and all Federal U.S. Government offices – will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2010 and will reopen on Tuesday, September 7th.
USTTI is proud to highlight some of the professional success stories from our alumni in our monthly updates:
Don Stanley Hettiarachchi (Sri Lanka) – 2010 Alumnus. Following the completion of USTTI’s 2010 Radio and Television Broadcast Technology training sponsored by Voice of America (VOA), Mr. Hettiarachchi wrote to commend the volunteer professors at VOA for their superb lectures and presentations. Furthermore, he noted that VOA’s training came “just in time as it will be really useful for my next book titled Digital Television Technology in the New Millennium.” USTTI wishes Mr. Hettiarachchi success as he completes his next book and we look forward to hearing from him prior to publication of this work.
A.K.M. Shahiduzzaman (Bangladesh) – 2010 Alumnus. Mr. Shahiduzzaman has recently been promoted to Director General for the Bangladesh Telecomm Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
Congratulations to our alumni for their recent successes. Please continue to keep us updated on how USTTI’s tuition-free training helped your career progress by sending any career updates to USTTI Senior Curriculum Coordinator, Jim O’Connor, at email@example.com