FCC Chairman Appoints W&G Partner Kent Bressie to Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council

May 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Wiltshire & Grannis LLP partner Kent Bressie has been appointed by Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Julius Genachowski to serve on the fourth Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (“CSRIC IV”) through March 2015 as a representative of the North American Submarine Cable Association (“NASCA”).

The CSRIC is a federal advisory committee established by the FCC to advise and make recommendations to the FCC chairman or chairwoman on the security, reliability, and interoperability of U.S. communications infrastructure.  CSRIC IV will focus on improving and developing best practices for network security and resilience, 911 services, emergency alerts and warnings, and mobile device security, among other issues.

Kent is an expert on telecommunications regulation and international trade and investment and leads Wiltshire & Grannis’s international practice.  He regularly represents submarine cable operators, wireline and wireless carriers, and infrastructure suppliers in all aspects of their businesses, including communications and environmental permitting, market access and foreign investment, national security and law enforcement, export controls and economic sanctions, and the law of the sea.  For more information about Kent, please see www.wiltshiregrannis.com/bressie.

Kent has long served as outside counsel to NASCA, the principal non-profit trade association for submarine-cable owners, submarine-cable maintenance authorities, and prime contractors for submarine-cable systems operating in North America.  Among its many activities, NASCA works with government agencies and other marine industries to enhance submarine cable protection, educates the public about the importance of submarine cables to the economy and national security, and seeks to streamline federal, state, and local permitting for submarine cables.  For more information about NASCA, please visit the NASCA web site, www.n-a-s-c-a.org.

View the FCC press release about Kent’s appointment here:  http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db0516/DOC-320992A1.pdf

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