WASHINGTON, DC -- For the 16th consecutive
year, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA) and the United States Telecommunications Training
Institute (USTTI) will provide extensive radio spectrum management training
to leading regulators and communications professionals from diverse parts
of the world. The course, to be held April 20 -May 1, 1998 in Washington,
DC, involves participants from 20 developing countries, including Albania,
Cyprus, Moldova, Belarus, Thailand and Uganda.
The training will be provided by NTIA's
Office of Spectrum Management, with assistance from officials of Comsearch
and Motorola, a USTTI Corporate Board Member. The course will address spectrum
management principles, engineering analysis, and computer-aided spectrum
management techniques. Over the past 15 years, NTIA has trained 350 individuals
from 104 countries on radio spectrum management.
"As we enter the 16th year of our global
training outreach, we are pleased to share our technical and managerial
knowledge of spectrum management with our colleagues from nearly every
corner of the developing world," said Commerce Assistant Secretary Larry
Irving, administrator of NTIA and a USTTI Federal Board Member. "Wireless
technologies offer great promise to enhance the information infrastructure
in these developing nations, and bring hope of economic development, as
well as greater access to health care and education in remote areas."
The USTTI, a non-profit industry-government
joint venture, was launched at the International Telecommunication Union
(ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in 1982 by Ambassador
Michael R. Gardner and the U.S. delegation. It was formed to address the
compelling need of developing nations for technical and managerial training
in telecommunications and broadcasting. Since 1982, the USTTI has provided
708 training courses, all tuition-free, and has graduated over 5,000 telecommunications
officials from 158 developing countries. The USTTI is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
corporation and relies entirely upon the corporate support of Board Members
for its operating expenses. The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency
for International Development provide travel and per diem scholarship funds
for participants from the neediest developing countries.
The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications
and Information Administration serves as the principal adviser to the President,
Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international
communications and information issues and represents the Executive Branch
before the Congress, other Federal agencies, foreign governments and international
organizations. NTIA also manages Federal use of the radio frequency spectrum.
USTTI Board of Directors:
Michael R. Gardner, Chairman USTTI, The Law Offices of Michael R. Gardner, P.C.
Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Vice President Federal Regulatory, AirTouch Communications
Barbara Blanck, Vice President, Global Sales Support, Global One
Seth D. Blumenfeld, President and Chief Operating Officer, MCI International, Inc.
Martina L. Bradford, Corporate Vice President, Public Affairs, Lucent Technologies
Francis D.R. Coleman, Director of Regulatory Affairs, North America, ICO Global Communications
Lew W. Cramer, Vice President, Government Relations, U S WEST, Inc.
W. Russell Daggatt, President, Teledesic Corporation
Joseph D. Duffey, Director, United States Information Agency (USIA)
David C. Fine, Vice President Government and International Relations, SBC
Larry Irving, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator
of NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce
William E. Kennard, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
David J. Markey, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, BellSouth Corporation
John H. Mattingly, Vice President and General Manager, COMSAT Satellite Services
Vonya B. McCann, Ambassador - U.S. Coordinator for Office of International
Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State (DOS)
Daniel J. Mehan, International Vice President, Quality and Business Management, AT&T
Gerald Mussara, Senior Director for Commercial Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Space and Strategic Missiles Sector, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Lourdes Saralegui, Executive Vice President, PanAmSat Corporation
Harrison H. Schmitt, Former United States Senator and Astronaut
Robert Stringer, General Manager, Telecom, Utilities, and Media Industry Sales Group, Hewlett-Packard Company
A. William Wiggenhorn, Senior Vice President of Training and Education, and President of Motorola University, Motorola Inc.
David J.S. Winfield, Senior Vice-President, Government Relations, Northern Telecom
Lauren Wright, Vice President and General Manager, Long Distance International, Sprint Corporation
Bernard J. Wunder, Jr., Esq., Managing Partner Wunder, Diefenderfer, Cannon & Thelen
Edward D. Young, III, Vice President External Affairs and Associate General Counsel,
For more information about the USTTI, please contact Charles Heintz at 202-785-7373 or Fred Matos, NTIA's Office of Spectrum Management, at (202) 482-6493.