Kent Bressie | Partner and Head of International Practice
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP | United States

Kent Bressie, Partner and Head of International Practice, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Kent Bressie is a partner and head of international practice at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP in Washington, D.C.  Kent specializes in cross-border regulation of communications infrastructure, investment, and technology, 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 works extensively in the undersea cable sector and has led various industry-wide regulatory-reform and cable-protection initiatives. He chairs the undersea cable working group of the U.S. FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council and the legal working group of the ITU-UNESCO IOC-WMO Joint Task Force on dual-purpose telecom-marine data cables.


Conference Day Two @ 11:00

New issues, new players: How are today’s regulations changing?

  • Emerging regulatory issues on the horizon
    • What are the potential pitfalls or challenges for the industry with today’s governments increasingly implementing protectionism measures?
    • E.g. China’s proposed cybersecurity law – how would this affect the way data is being hosted and transmitted, and what are the implications for the subsea industry?
  • Commercial issues with open cables
    • What are the possible issues that regulators will be concerned over, and how can we minimise potential red tape?

Conference Day Two @ 11:45

Closing Q&A – All hands in: Enhancing industry collaboration to ensure network resiliency and reduce risk

  • Assessing past and present: how has the working relationship between government and the industry changed, and what’s left to be desired?
  • With increasingly crowded waters, what are some ways that governments are managing multiple seabed users and/or collaborating to ensure critical communications infrastructure are protected?
  • What are some of the future potential threats you foresee to our critical comms infrastructure, and how can the industry and policy makers collaborate on minimizing them?

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