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June 2016 USTDA Supports Efforts Increase Broadband Access Northern Brazil USTDA awarded a grant to the Empresa de Processamento de Dados do Estado do Par (PRODEPA), the State of Para's information technology (IT) company. The grant will support PRODEPA to develop a roadmap and an implementation plan to expand Para's fiber and wireless broadband network, allowing further connectivity and e-government services throughout the state. Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended the funding of this feasibility study to USTDA. The technical assistance will identify best practices for delivering data transmission solutions under the Amazon's challenging conditions of dense tropical forests and uneven terrain divided by major rivers. The project will provide recommendations for creating free broadband access through public telecenters and schools.

August 2015 USTDA ADVANCES IT MODERNIZATION IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL On August 7, USTDA awarded a grant of $356,920 to the Companhia de Processamento de Dados do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (PROCERGS), Rio Grande do Sul's state IT company. Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended the funding of this feasibility study to USTDA. The grant will provide technical assistance to help PROCERGS develop a roadmap to expand the states fiber and wireless broadband network and to modernize its existing data center.

July 2015- Hellerstein & Associates has been actively involved in the Internet Governance Forum's Intersessional work on Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. See this website for a complete description of the program. The outputs from this program are intended to become robust resources and serve as inputs into other forums. H&A's contribution can be found here . We encourage others to make similar contributions and give their ideas on how to connect the next billion.

May 2015 USTDA PROMOTES IT MODERNIZATION IN BRAZIL, May 20, 2015 USTDA awarded a grant to the Empresa Sergipana de Tecnologia da Informacao (Sergipe State Information Technology Company, or EMGETIS). Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended the funding of this feasibility study to USTDA. The grant will provide technical assistance to help the state-owned entity develop a roadmap to expand its broadband network and modernize an existing data center. More articles about this visit can be found here


July 2014- Brazil - In 2014 an H&A team went down to Brazil to evaluate a series of IT and infrastructure projects for USTDA. Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended the funding of five of the six feasibility studies to USTDA for the states of Rio Grade Do Sol, Tocantins, Sergipe, Para, and Santa Catarina. We then developed five ICT focused pre-feasibility studies, which included detailed terms of reference, budgets, and qualifications for consultants in these states. Our reports also analyzed the viability of ICT, broadband networks, data-centers, e-Government and Internet of Things projects for USTDA funding.

Grants have been signed already with EMGETIS from the State of Sergipe to provide technical assistance to help the state-owned entity develop a roadmap to expand its broadband network and modernize an existing data center.


December 14, 2012- Freetown, Sierra Leone - H&A's Judith Hellerstein & Rene Bustillo hosted a successful workshop at the Shangri-La to review the deliverables submitted under the Developing and Negotiation of Regulatory Instruments with NATCOM, the Ministry of Information and Communications, and SALCAB.

November 1-9 2012-Baku, Azerbaijan H&A's Judith Hellerstein developed a two day program under the auspices of the Commercial Law Development Program of the US Department of Commerce which funded a 10 member delegation of regulators and ministry officials from Iraq and a 3 person delegation from Egypts Civil Society prior to the 7th Internet Governance Forum held in Baku, Azerbaijan from November 6-9 2012. The program included talks on copyright, intellectual property, Internet Freedom, Internet Governance, and cyber risk assessment.


June 12-15, 2012- Chisinau, Moldova H&A's Judith Hellerstein and Sofia Abraham Mendoza working for The Annenberg School of Communications conducted a successful training for the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Moldova on ICT, e-Government, leadership skills, ICT Policy and institutional development, cyber crime, spectrum policy, open access, broadband deployment and other policy issues. This project was financed by InfoDev under their New Directions for Growth, Regulation, and Public Policy: Broadband and Mobile for the Western CIS Region.


April 20-26 2012-Geneva, Switzerland H&A's Judith Hellerstein a Council member of the Greater Washington DC Internet Society was chosen to represent the chapter at the Global Chapter meetings and the Global INET in Geneva, Switzerland by the Internet Society.


December 2011-Freetown, Sierra Leone H&A visits Freetown, Sierra Leone to begin its technical assistance work for the Ministry and the Regulator relating to open access issues to the submarine cable. The landing station is shown above as is the current satellite station


November 2011-Freetown, Sierra Leone H&A signed a contract with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Sierra Leone under the World Bank funded West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program-Sierra Leone to provide technical assistance and develop and negotiate a series of regulatory instruments to assess the current legal and regulatory actions needed to ensure open and non-discriminatory access to cable landing and other international gateway facilities.

October 2011-Washington, DC H&A's Judith Hellerstein signed a letter of Intent with the Annenberg School of Communications to develop a diagnostic and analysis on broadband and e-Government deployment in the Western CIS countries and the Central Asian Countries. H&A will also be developing curricula for the training of public officials and students on ICT, e-Government, leadership skills, ICT Policy and institutional development, cyber crime, spectrum policy, open access, broadband deployment and other policy issues.

October 2011- Chisinau, Moldova H&A in partnership with Millennium International Limited was awarded the Moldova Telecom Privatization project by the International Finance Corporation.

October 2011- St. Lucia H&A held a successful drafting review workshop where Attorneys General from the 6 OECS countries worked to finalize and approve new legislation and regulations for electronic transactions; digital signatures; electronic payment; E-Filing; cybercrime; cyber security; privacy and data protection; interception of communications; and freedom of information laws following WTO & UNCTAD best practices.

September 2011-Washington, DC H&A's Judith Hellerstein signed a letter of Intent with the Annenberg School of Communications to develop a revised edition of the Afghanistan Media Law Manual.

September 2011- St. Lucia H&A held a successful drafting review workshop where legislative drafters from the 6 OECS countries worked to finalize new legislation and regulations for electronic transactions; digital signatures; electronic payment; E-Filing; cybercrime; cyber security; privacy and data protection; interception of communications; and freedom of information laws following WTO & UNCTAD best practices.

May 2011-Vientiane & Pakse, Laos H&A held two successful workshops for the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Vientiane and in Pakse on the assessment and capacity building that was accomplished during the project to provided the necessary skill sets to NAST so that it can strengthen the Governments legal framework in advance of Laos entry into the WTO. The workshops were attended by Government employees, civil society, NGOs, and the private sector. The Pakse workshops were geared to manufacturers based in that part of the country.

January 2011- Castries, St. Lucia H&A signed a contract with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to provide technical assistance to the OECS countries in 2010-2011 to harmonize their legal and regulatory frameworks for electronic transactions, trade, electronic payment, E-Filing, cybercrime, and cyber security.

November 2010-Vientiane, Laos H&A signed a contract with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Foreign Trade Policy Department, National Implementation Unit to provide technical assistance to assess the institutional, legal and regulatory framework for Technical Barriers to Trade in the Lao PDR with regard to WTO compliance and effectiveness in enabling a market economic system

USTDA Projects in Brazil

BRAZIL RECEIVES USTDA COUNTRY OF THE YEAR AWARD. Reflecting the success of the agency's program in advancing mutual economic benefits and U.S. policy priorities, USTDA Director Larry W. Walther presented an award today naming Brazil as the agency's 2008 Country of the Year. Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended to USTDA to fund five of these projects over the past few years. "In establishing its priorities, Brazil has continuously focused on both infrastructure development and economic growth," said USTDA Director Walther. "Our program responds to these priorities and demonstrates USTDA's effectiveness in bringing U.S. technology, expertise and ingenuity to bear in addressing priority infrastructure projects." Click the above link to read more about this award.

USTDA SUPPORTS BROADBAND PROJECT IN BRAZIL'S ACRE REGION - On September 18, USTDA awarded a grant to the Government of the State of Acre to promote the development of a statewide broadband project to further economic growth of the Secretariat of Administrative Management in the State of Acre (Secretariat). Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended the funding of this feasibility study to USTDA. USTDA is pleased to support this project because ICT infrastructure is an essential catalyst for growth in the global economy. This project will connect the Acre region with the world. The State of Acre is committed to the development of a statewide broadband project that includes a hybrid voice, data and video Internet Protocol-based network to reduce the region's interconnectivity and broaden its access to the global economy. Click the above link to read more about this award.

Conference Presentation

Judith Hellerstein provided three days of training and capacity building to Regulators attending IP3's Annual Next Generation Telecom Regulatory Seminar from December 6-17, 2010. Presentations from Day 1 & Day 2 can be found here

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