Kent Bressie to Give Keynote Address, Chair Legal Panel for Undersea Cable Workshop at ITU Green Standards Week in Paris

August 31, 2012

Kent Bressie, a partner at Wiltshire & Grannis LLP and head of its international practice, will give the legal keynote address and chair the legal issues panel at a workshop of the Joint Task Force investigating the potential use of undersea telecommunications cables for ocean and climate monitoring and disaster warning.  The workshop will be held in Paris, France on September 20 and 21, 2012, as part of the 2nd annual Green Standards Week of the International Telecommunication Union (“ITU”).

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”) to examine dual marine data-telecommunications cables.  Kent had previously authored a report for the ITU  (available here) examining legal challenges and opportunities for the deployment of marine data sensors on undersea telecommunications cables.

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 ITU Green Standards Week and the workshop, see www.itu.int/ITU-T/climatechange/gsw/201209/index.html and www.itu.int/ITU-T/climatechange/gsw/201209/programme-009.html.

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

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