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A Debrief from WRC-15 and a Glimpse Ahead to WRC-19

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATIONS
US CHAPTER EVENT
wednesday 17 february

A Debrief from WRC-15 and a Glimpse Ahead to WRC-19
A DISCUSSION WITH MINDEL DE LA TORRE, CHIEF OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUREAU, FCC
WEDNESDAY, 17TH FEBRUARY 2016, FROM 9:30AM TO 11:00AM
MICROSOFT INNOVATION & POLICY CENTER
11TH FLOOR
901 K STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20001

As vice chair of delegation, Ms De La Torre discussed the recently concluded ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), convened in November 2015, with agreements made on changes to international spectrum allocations and associated regulatory provisions. Given the growth in mobile traffic and the economic dependence of wireless devices their use of the radio spectrum the outcomes of WRC-15 were among the most important factors determining the future availability of broadband services worldwide.

The US Chapter was pleased to host members of the US delegation that participated in Geneva at this important meeting for a lively discussion on what happened, and what lies ahead.

Mindel De La Torre since October 2009, has been Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In that role, she leads the FCC’s efforts internationally – both on a bilateral and multilateral basis. She oversees the International Bureau’s functions with regard to licensing of international and domestic satellites, international long distance, international broadcast stations, and submarine cables. Ms. De La Torre was previously at the FCC between 1994-1998 as Deputy Chief of the Telecommunications Division of the International Bureau.

Before returning to the FCC, she was president of the Telecommunications Management Group, Inc. (TMG), a consulting firm in the Washington DC area. Her work at TMG included advising businesses, international organizations, and regulators on issues relevant to liberalization and commercialization of the telecommunications sector. Ms. De La Torre managed a variety of teams responsible for telecommunications projects, including advising telecommunications agencies in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East regarding key restructuring and regulatory issues, redrafting and updating telecommunications laws and involvement in third generation mobile issues.

She has been a member of various U.S. delegations to ITU conferences, such as World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC), World Telecommunication Development Conferences, and Plenipotentiary Conferences. She has also participated actively in regional telecommunications organizations, such as CITEL and APEC.

Ms. De La Torre also worked at the Department of Commerce – for over four years at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and for three years in the General Counsel’s office.

Ms. De La Torre has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Texas. She is a member of the Texas bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association. Having lived overseas most of her life, she speaks fluent Portuguese, French, and Spanish and is proficient in Italian.

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