Dear ITS Colleagues:|
I'm delighted to begin my report in the current (May 2013) issue of Interconnect with the happy news that for the first time in the history of our organization ITS has surpassed 400 fully paid members. While there are many reasons for this, first among them is the complimentary subscription to the journal, Telecommunications Policy, which accompanies each paid ITS membership. The response of our members to this benefit, particularly as reflected in membership renewal rates (and, interestingly, in the number of notifications of change of postal address being sent to the ITS Secretariat) has been extremely encouraging. For a more complete discussion and analysis of this and other factors contributing to the growth in our membership, I would direct your attention to the article that begins at page 7 of this issue of the newsletter.
In other news, I'm very pleased to report that 2013 promises to be another very strong year for ITS.
As discussed at greater length elsewhere in this issue of Interconnect, our 2013 conference line-up includes Regional Conferences in Perth, Australia (August 4-7) and Florence, Italy (October 20-23). In addition, we will convene our 5th Ph.D. Seminar for promising graduate students in Florence (October 23-24) immediately following the conclusion of the 24th European Regional Conference in that city.