For the third year in a row, a group of international telecomm regulators and lawyers from developing nations attended a week-long course at the Columbus School of Law that was designed to keep them up to speed with developments in their field.
Hailing from Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, the visiting students spent the week of June 16 -20th attending “The Rule of Law and Best Practices for Telecomm Regulators,” taught by Professor Donna Coleman Gregg, director of the law school’s Institute for Communications Law Studies.
The Institute helped to originate the program in 2012. The sessions are held under the auspices of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and provide training for communications professionals, regulators, and entrepreneurs from the developing world.
Telecommunications is one of the fastest changing industries in existence. The goal of the annual USTTI conference is to keep experts from developing countries apprised of the ideas and approaches than lead to the development of best practices in telecommunication regulation suitable to a variety of settings and circumstances.
The week brought a mixture of classwork, guest speakers, and onsite visits that included a tour of the U.S. Capitol. The group were also given briefings at C-SPAN and the FCC.
Other highlights included an opening keynote session with Ambassador David Gross, a roundtable discussion with the course participants and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, and a closing luncheon keynote address from CUA Law alumnus John Kneuer, 1994, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Telecommunication and Information.
The students concluded their week by offering group case study presentations before their colleagues. They were presented with certificates upon their completion of the class.
Reflecting on the week, Professor Gregg said, “It’s a privilege to work with the USTTI on this program. Telecommunication has the ability to bridge gaps and make the world a smaller place. Our week together helped all those who participated in the course to learn from each other while discovering best practices in telecommunication regulation.”