International Telecommunication Union appoints Kent Bressie to Joint Task Force investigating use of undersea telecommunications cables for ocean and climate monitoring and disaster warning

June 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Kent Bressie, a partner at Wiltshire & Grannis LLP and head of its international practice, has been appointed by the International Telecommunication Union (“ITU”) to serve on the Joint Task Force to investigate the potential use of undersea telecommunications cables for ocean and climate monitoring and disaster warning.  The Joint Task Force was established by the ITU, the World Meteorological Organization, and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (“UNESCO”) following a 2011 workshop in Rome in connection with the ITU Green Standards Week.  Kent will advise the Joint Task Force regarding the complex legal-regulatory issues that dual marine data-telecommunications cables raise under various international treaties and national regulatory regimes. 

An expert on telecommunications regulation and international trade and investment, Kent has extensive experience with the whole range of legal and regulatory issues affecting undersea cables, including:  national security and investment reviews; telecoms licensing; environmental permitting; export controls and sanctions; market access; corporate and commercial transactions; and the law of the sea.  He has represented undersea cable operators, suppliers, and investors in projects on six continents. 

For more information about Kent Bressie and W&G’s undersea cable practice, see www.wiltshiregrannis.com/bressie and http://wiltshiregrannis.com/underseacables

For more information about the Joint Task Force, see http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/climatechange/task-force/sc/

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