Date/Time: Tuesday, March 21, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Virtual via Zoom

The FCBA International Telecommunications Committee will sponsor a CLE on Tuesday, March 21 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET entitled Connecting the Globe: The Submarine Cable Industry Current and Future Trends.  This program will be held virtually via the Zoom platform.

We live in an increasingly wireless world, yet our ability to connect globally depends chiefly on underwater cables (also referred to as submarine cables, subsea cables, or undersea cables).  This CLE will begin with an overview of the submarine cable industry, including how cable networks are built and maintained and how the industry’s market has evolved and continues to develop.  Following that overview, the first panel will address the federal and international regulatory landscape, including emerging challenges and national security concerns.  The second panel will provide insights into current industry projects and options for financing submarine cable projects to meet the current and future needs of operators and customers.

The FCBA will apply for 2.0 hours of MCLE credit from the VA Bar.  This program has not yet been approved.

If you have any issues, please contact Elizabeth Hagerty at


2:00 – 2:05 p.m.         Welcome and Introduction
Scott Tollefsen, Co-Chair, International Telecommunications Committee, and Law Office of Scott Tollefsen

2:05 – 2:50 p.m.         Overview of the Submarine Cable Industry:  The Technology and the Market 

Elaine Stafford, Managing Partner, DRG Undersea Consulting

 2:50 – 3:40 p.m.         Federal & International Regulatory Landscape

Denise Coca, Co-Chair, International Telecommunications Committee, and Chief, Telecommunications and Analysis Division, International Bureau, FCC *

Edgar Class
, Partner, Wiley Rein LLC
Gabrielle Kim, Attorney Advisor, Telecommunications and Analysis Division, International Bureau, FCC *
Colleen Sechrest, Partner, HWG LLP

 3:40 – 4:30 p.m.         Industry Trends, Legal Considerations and Financing

Brian Carter, Co-Chair, International Telecommunications Committee, and Managing Director, Westbury Global

Reza Nikfarjam, Head of Business Development, Global Technology Sector, U.S. EXIM Bank
Ulises Pin, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

*Awaiting formal approval to participate from government agencies.

COST: $135.00 for Private Sector Members; $50.00 for Government/Academic/Transitional/Retired Members; $95.00 for Non-Profit 501c3 Members; No charge for Law Student Members; $205.00 for Non-Members

Cancellations due no later than 24 hours prior to the program start time.



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