Kent Bressie to Speak About New U.S. Submarine Cable Protection Initiatives at 2015 Meeting of International Cable Protection Committee in Hong Kong
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP (“HWG”) partner Kent Bressie will speak about new U.S. submarine cable protection initiatives at the 2015 plenary meeting of the International Cable Protection Committee (“ICPC”) in Hong Kong, scheduled for April 28-30, 2015. As chairman of the first-ever submarine cable working group of the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (“CSRIC”), which advises the Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), Kent was one of the principal authors of a landmark report on the spatial requirements for protection of submarine cables, which comprise the international infrastructure of the Internet and remain critical to the U.S. economy and national security.
In Hong Kong, he will provide an overview of that report and its recommendations, which were adopted unanimously by the CSRIC in December 2014. He will also update ICPC members on the FCC’s planned implementation of the report’s recommendations in order to protect submarine cables from adjacent marine activities, including offshore wind and marine hydrokinetic energy projects, oil and gas development, and dredging.
ICPC is the principal international organization devoted to protection of submarine telecommunications and power cables, with more than 145 private-sector and government members from more than 60 countries. HWG is a member of ICPC.
Kent Bressie is a partner and head of the international practice at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP in Washington, D.C. For more information about Kent, please see www.hwglaw.com/bressie.
For more information about HWG’s undersea cable practice, please see www.hwglaw.com/underseacables.