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Scholarships on Competition Policy on Telecommunications

Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA)


  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of an OAS member state.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Law or Engineering.

  • Participant profile: Policy makers and regulatory managers working in aspects related to the program of the course with at least three (3) years of experience.

  • English proficiency. To be considered for admission, scores must be submitted from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


The United States Telecommunications Training Institute in conjunction with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Justice, the Washington, DC Legal Community, USTTI Board Member Corporations and the OAS Professional Development Scholarship Program offer this course on Competition Policy on Telecommunications.

The scholarship includes the air ticket, a stipend of $400.00 to offset hotel and living expenses, the $150.00 administrative fee and health insurance with international coverage for the duration of the course.

Modality of the course: On site

Start and end dates of the course: July 25 to July 29, 20

Language of instruction: English


Course Objectives:  1) To understand the changing regulatory philosophy as we participate in the dynamic worldwide telecommunications environment, including development of the necessary considerations that need to be given in responding to those changes; and 2) to develop, with high-level regulatory managers from developing nations, methods of grappling with privatization and other related deregulatory issues in managing their organizations in an effective, efficient market driven manner.


Course Content: The first part of the course will be conducted by recognized competition policy and antitrust experts from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Washington, DC legal community and will address basic aspects of competition policy, particularly as applicable to telecommunications industries. The discussion will focus on three interrelated aspects of competition policy:

  • To what extent (and with what qualifications and exceptions) can we anticipate that freely functioning private markets will satisfy consumer-citizens, needs, enhance society’s wealth, and provide opportunities for workers and owners to increase their wealth? How do these principles apply to telecommunications markets?
  • What laws and legal institutions, especially anti-trust law and agencies regulating telecommunications firms, have proved beneficial in protecting and fostering market performance in those areas where reliance on marketplace forces and market decisions appears warranted? 
  • What kinds of legal oversight of private behavior are necessary in cases where markets either will fail to operate optimally or cannot provide what society desires? For example, why does competition policy not fully embrace unregulated private markets for telecommunications services?

The second part of this course, taught by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Bureau-level policy managers, offers executive-level telecommunications policy personnel a broad overview of telecommunications policy-making considerations in a dynamic and competitive environment. With the rapidly changing regulatory environment predominant in so many countries, regulatory bodies are confronted with new challenges as they attempt to assimilate modern telecommunications technology.

The course describes the US regulatory structure including the legislative authority, the FCC organizational structure and an outline of the regulatory philosophy affecting the major services. The changing regulatory structure, which reflects current technological developments, and influences the need for competition and privatization, as mandated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, is presented. Discussion of the FCC decision-making process, a site visit to the Washington, DC headquarters of the Intelsat Global Service Corporation, and a roundtable discussion concerning the changing global telecommunication environment, with class members, government, and industry representatives as participants, will be included to enhance the learning process.


Scholarships benefits: 

For successful candidate: OAS/CITEL will cover round trip economy class air ticket from country of origin or residence to Washington, DC, United States of America . Funds for terminal and in-transit expenses are NOT provided.

USTTI will provide: a) a stipend of $400.00 to offset hotel and living expenses; b) waiving the $150.00 administrative fee; c) Health insurance with international coverage for the duration of the course in Washington DCwhich includes emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and emergency medical meetings.

The Department of Human Development, Education and Employment will defray up to $ 1,350.00 in round trip air fares between member states.


Responsibilities of the scholarship recipientsBased on shared accommodations and an arrival date of Sunday, July 24th, 2016 and departure date of Saturday, July 30,  2016 the additional amount needed for this course is USD$ 477.00 as the total estimated hotel and living expenses amount to USD$877.00 and there is a USTTI stipend of USD$ 400.00 Please be advised that this corresponds to:         

  • Hotel estimate = USD $507.00
  • Living expenses = USD $300.00 (The living expenses are calculated based on US $50.00 per day and an additional USD $70.00 for ground transportation (to and from the airport).) 

If single accommodations are requested, an additional amount of USD$507.00 will be required.


In order to become scholarship recipients, the selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by signing and returning to Department of Human Development and Education-DHDE-their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award”;

If after accepting the scholarship, the scholarship recipient for whatever reason cannot attend the course, he or she must immediately notify the Department of Human Development and Education of the OAS to see if there is an alternate scholarship recipient;

Scholarship recipients must communicate in writing to the OAS/DHDE on which dates they will be able to travel;

Scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa(s) to enter the country of study and the corresponding transit(s). The OAS will not be responsible for any costs related to obtaining visas or transfer documentation;

Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving on time for the commencement of activities on the date established by the institution offering the course or program;


Certification: The participants will receive a diploma from the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI), regional Training Center of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL).

Submission of applications:



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Desde 03/05/2016 Até 16/06/2016
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