For Immediate Release:
CONTACT: Paige Darden
(202) 482-7002
April 16, 1998

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

Communications, Inc.

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,

Bell Atlantic

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.