For Immediate Release
Friday, March 17, 2000
Contact: Ranjit de Silva
(202) 482-7002
Art Brodsky
(202) 482-0019


WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) will conduct an extensive radio spectrum management training seminar March 20-31 for leading regulators and communications professionals from 17 developing countries, Gregory L. Rohde, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and administrator of NTIA, announced today.

"Economic growth and the resulting improvement in the quality of life worldwide are highly dependent on modern telecommunications infrastructures in which good spectrum management plays a key role, " Rohde said. "These are new telecommunications technologies pose many challenges to spectrum managers," he said. "Our training seminar is designed to help the participants meet those challenges and help their countries move forward into the 21st century," Rohde added.

Eighteen representatives from 17 developing countries including Sri Lanka, Morocco, Ghana, Grenada, Ecuador, Pakistan, and Paupa New Guinea will participate in the training seminar which will be held in Washington.

The seminar will be conducted by NTIA's Office of Spectrum Management with assistance from experts from Comsearch and Motorola. It will address various elements of spectrum management principles, engineering analyses, and computer-aided spectrum management techniques. In the last 18 years, NTIA has trained 390 individuals from 106 countries in radio spectrum management.

The USTTI, a non-profit industry-government joint venture, was launched in 1982 at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, by Ambassador Michael R. Gardner, who was then Chairman of 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 936 training courses, all tuition-free, and has graduated over 5,000 telecommunications officials from 161 developing countries. The USTTI is a non-profit corporation and relies entirely upon the corporate support of Board Members for its operating expenses. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development provide travel and per diem scholarship funds for participants from the neediest developing countries.


Note: A list of the USTTI Board of Directors is attached. For more information about the USTTI, please contact Brit Blakeney or Elizabeth Hogan at USTTI at (202)785-7373, or visit the USTTI homepage at You may also contact Fred Matos, at NTIA's Office of Spectrum Management, at (202) 482-6493, or visit the NTIA homepage at

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 the Federal use of the radio frequency spectrum.


United States Telecommunications Training Institute Board of Directors

Michael R. Gardner, Chairman USTTI, The Law Offices of Michael R. Gardner, P.C.

Roland Acra, Vice President and General Manager for Remote Access Business Unit, Cisco Systems

Lisa B. Barry, Vice President, International Public Policy, America Online

Richard C. Beaird, U.S. Coordinator (Acting), U.S. Department of State

Seth D. Blumenfeld, President, International Services, MCI WorldCom

Martina L. Bradford, Corporate Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Lucent Technologies

James W. Cuminale, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, PanAmSat

Greg Farmer, Vice President, Government Relations and International Trade, NORTEL Networks

David C. Fine, President, International Government Relations, SBC International Development

Dan Gerberding, General Manager, Communications Industry Business Unit, Hewlett-Packard

William E. Kennard, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

David J. Markey, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, BellSouth Corporation

Cathy-Ann Martine, President, International Carrier Services, Concert

John H. Mattingly, President, COMSAT Satellite Services

Gerald Mussara, Vice President, Trade and Regulatory Affairs, Lockheed Martin

Gregory L. Rohde, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, and Administrator of NTIA

Harrison H. Schmitt, Aerospace Consultant, Former United States Senator and Astronaut

Donald D. Wear, President, International Policy, Discovery Communications

A. William Wiggenhorn, Senior Vice President of Training and Education, and President of Motorola University, Motorola Inc.

Frank C. Weaver, Director, Telecommunications Policy, The Boeing Company

Lawrence H. Williams, Vice President of International and Government Affairs, Teledesic LLC

Bernard J. Wunder, Jr., Esq., Partner Wunder, Knight, Thelen, Forscey & DeVierno

Edward D. Young, III, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Bell Atlantic