Kent Bressie to Chair Regulatory Panel at 3rd Annual Latin America Submarine Cable Forum in Miami, Florida

October 16, 2012

Kent Bressie, a partner at Wiltshire & Grannis LLP and head of its international practice, will chair the regulatory panel at the 3rd Annual Latin America Submarine Cable Forum to be held in Miami, Florida, on November 5 and 6, 2012.

The panel, “Would Proposed FCC Regulations Devastate the Submarine Cable Industry?”, will consider the recent proposals by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to change its rules regarding contributions to the federal Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes telecommunications connectivity for rural and low-income consumers, and payment of annual regulatory fees to offset the FCC’s regulatory costs.  The discussion will focus on the potential impact of these charges on undersea cable service offerings, prices, new investment in U.S. infrastructure, and storage of Internet content in the United States.

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 http://wiltshiregrannis.com/bressie and http://wiltshiregrannis.com/underseacables.

For more information about the 3rd Annual Latin America Submarine Cable Forum organized by Marcus Evans, see http://www.marcusevans-conferences-southamerican.com/marcusevans-conferences-event-details.asp?EventID=19211&SectorID=5.

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