PURC Basic Methods In Radio Spectrum Planning and Management: NTC Program in Thailand
August 20 - 23, 2007
Cha Am, Thailand
The basics of regulating radio spectrum were the focus of this PURC training program in Thailand for the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). Staff and dispute resolution committee members studied the physical properties of the radio spectrum, techniques for allocating and assigning spectrum, auction management, approaches to resolving spectrum hoarding, and current trends in spectrum management. Speakers from the University of California at Berkeley, the Telecommunications Research and Industrial Development Institute (TRIDI), the NTC, and Gilbert and Tobin joined PURC Director Mark Jamison in delivering the course.
In attendance were 32 regulatory staff from the NTC. In addition to this course, PURC specifically designed for the NTC a follow up course in radio spectrum planning and management in September 2007, and an advanced course in regulatory economics in April 2007.
While in Thailand, Mark Jamison delivered the keynote address at the First Academic Conference on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 80th Birthday Anniversary in Bangkok. Dr. Jamison explained that the clear consensus in academic research is that investment in telecommunications and its use are major driving forces for economic development, especially in developing countries. He noted that research has demonstrated conclusively that independent regulatory agencies are essential to telecommunications development. Competition is also critical and is most effective when coupled with an effective regulatory system. For more information about his address, visit the 2007 News Archive web page, available through the News link.