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infrastructure managers informed of our upcoming programs, research
activities and news about colleagues and resources. We invite you to
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B~ PURC Launches New Web Site!
We're proud to launch our
newly redesigned web siteh
and hope you'll find it muc
more functional and user-
friendly. Please update the
H5 browser with the new URL,
Our new site features two
search engines: one to help
you look for PURC Research Papers,
-.r.and a second to help you
find the many Specialized Training
Prgaswe've designed to
meet the needs of utility professionals around the
world. We hope you'll take a moment to visit our new
site and send your comments to pure (a warrinqton.ufl.edu.
PURC Advanced Methods in Radio Spectrum Planning and Management
Auction design, spectrum valuation, spectrum trading,
and unlicensed spectrum were key topics during this
September course specifically designed for the NJational
Telecommunications Commission (NJTC) of Thailand.
Sessions featured experts from regulatory agencies,
consulting firms, and academia with experience in Asia,
the Caribbean, and North America. In addition to
providing lessons on new techniques for using markets
and technology to manage spectrum, key leaders from
the Federal Communications Commission, the
University of Florida, MIT, regulatory agencies in the
Caribbean, and several consulting firms examined how
emerging technologies, market forces, and government
policies are creating new possibilities for improving
how radio spectrum is used to provide
telecommunications services. PURC Director, Mark
lamison, delivered the course. In attendance were 15
NTC staff. Find more information on the Snecialized Courses
page of this web site.
Frontiers in Managing Reform and Regulation of Infrastructure Utilities in Africa
In August, participants learned about overall trends in
electricity sector reform during course sessions taught
by Dr. Paul Sotkiewicz in Cape Town. As a featured-
lecturer, he also led practical exercises related to the
properties of various regulatory methodologies,
Implementing price cap and revenue cap regulation,
conducting price reviews, and rate design for efficient
use and pro-poor policies. The course was presented by
the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape
Town in association with the African Forum for Uti'lity
Regulators (AFUR), the Regional Energy Regulators
Association, and attracted 45 attendees from 12
nations. Find more information on the Specialized Courses
page of this web site.
Pricing and Analysis: An Advanced Course in Utilities Management and
This year's highly interactive, advanced course
examined appropriate techniques for benchmal'king
utilities, establishing an asset base for regulating
prices, providing incentives for efficiency, evaluating
market competition, and regulating prices. Find more
information on the Specialized Courses page of this web site.
PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and
Congratulations to the graduates of the 22nd
PURC/World Bank International Program in June! They
represented 32 different nations. "Lessons from the
Course," was co-authored by the participants and PURC
Director of Water Studies Dr. Sanford Berg. Photos are
available through Past International Training Proqrams Section of
Resources of interest
Dr. Sandy Berg calls your attention to this online
resou rce: Handbook for Evaluatina the Effectiveness of Reoulatory Systems
(Brown, Stern, and Tenenbaum) World Bank, 2006.
The volume provides an overview of why, what, and
how to evaluate regulatory systems; discusses the
rationale for regulatory evaluations and describes
various forms o~f regulation; compares the dominant
styles of evaluation, emphasizing the importance of
analyzing regulation systems against sector-based
outcomes; presents the case for using the independent
regulator as the benchmark for performing the most
credible and effective evaluations; details elements of
different hybrid or transitional regulatory systems when
"best practice" regulatory systems are not feasible;
describes how to assess the impact of regulation on
sector outcomes and provides tools to identify these
impacts; offers guidance on conducting quick, mid-
level, and in-depth evaluations of regulatory systems.
The Gator Nation
Best wishes to Man Ho Au on his retirement as
Director-General of the Office of the
Telecommunications Authority of Hong Kong.
Congratulations to Golda Sowah of the National
Communications Authority in Ghana on her promotion.
Read more about The Gator Nation.