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SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR INDIAN TELECOM TRAINING INITIATIVE 2001 SEMINAR
Washington, DC -- The list of speakers for the Indian Telecom Training Initiative 2001
(ITTI 2001) to be held September 23-26 in Las Vegas includes leaders from tribal governments,
the telecommunications industry and the federal government.|
ITTI 2001 is a program jointly sponsored by the FCC and the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) to bring together government, tribal and private sector groups to focus on the issue of bringing telecommunications service to tribal lands. This is the second year this event has been held. Last year's event attendance was nearly 600 people including representatives from 135 tribes.
Speakers at this year's general sessions include:
The ITTI scholarship program is assisted by the participation of the NCAI and General Services Employee Association (GSEA). Under NCAI's 501(c)(3) non-profit subsidiary interested parties can make tax-deductible contributions which are used for scholarships for American Indian participants.
At ITTI 2001, the FCC and NECA will bring together their own experts, along with representatives from other federal government agencies, telecommunication companies and emerging technology firms, to inform tribal governments about various facets of telecommunications services and discuss with them how different technologies, regulatory rules, and government programs can be used to benefit tribal communities. The seminar will also identify programs and resources available to tribal residents and governments to assist their efforts and to secure access to, and improve the affordability of, telecommunications services on tribal reservations. Similar to ITTI 2000, this conference will address major telecommunications issues but it will have an added emphasis on networking and establishing concrete goals and objectives.
Once again, the conference will offer an Internet Café which will provide hands-on training for first time and novice Internet users. The Internet Café, with its wireless LAN, will be hosted by TAMSCO with support from Tachyon. In addition, the conference will host an exhibit hall with over 50 exhibitors with representatives from the telecommunications industry and federal government agencies.
For ITTI conference information please call Nancy Plon at (202) 418-2899 or call 888-225-5322, and select option 2 after the recorded message; 717-338-2888; or, e-mail the FCC at ITTI2001@fcc.gov or visit the FCC Indian Initiatives website at: www.fcc.gov/indians/ITTI.
For more information regarding the Indian Initiatives at the FCC, please contact Geoffrey Blackwell, FCC Liaison to Tribal Governments at 202-418-8192.
To register for this event contact NECA-ITTI 2001: at 1-800-351-9033.