December 2010

COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2011

COMPTEL to Celebrate 30th Anniversary at COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2011 Convention & EXPO in Las Vegas

Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf to Deliver Keynote Address

COMPTEL, the leading trade association for the competitive communications industry, will mark its 30th anniversary in 2011 beginning with a celebration at its COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2011 Convention & EXPO, March 20-23 in Las Vegas. Kicking off the festivities will be an opening night party that will bring together industry dignitaries, past and present COMPTEL Board members and staff, and numerous others who have played important roles in the development of the competitive communications industry.

The annual Spring convention also will feature a keynote address by Google’s Vint Cerf – who is renowned as a “Father of the Internet.” His keynote will kick off three days of educational sessions focusing on business, regulatory and technology issues impacting the communications industry. Additionally, attendees will have the chance to spend three days exploring the new products and services offered by leading players in the competitive telecommunications industry.

Three Decades of Championing Competition
“For three decades now, COMPTEL has been proud to serve the innovative competitive communications companies who are challenging the status quo by developing and offering new technologies, products and services that benefit customers, encourage economic growth and create jobs,” said Jerry James, COMPTEL’s CEO. “We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the association and its members over the last 30 years, and to continue moving the industry forward to promote true competition; to create new business opportunities and to expand access to broadband services to meet the ever increasing demands of consumers and businesses that want a choice in products and providers.”

At COMPTEL PLUS, COMPTEL will host a 30th anniversary party on Sunday, March 20, 2011, following the opening night reception in the EXPO hall. Throughout the convention, there will be other activities, giveaways and presentations commemorating the anniversary.

Visionary Keynote
In the morning of Monday, March 21, Cerf, who is currently vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, will deliver the keynote address. “Vint Cerf is truly a visionary, and his pioneering work has served as the foundation for dramatic growth and innovation for the communications industry,” James noted. “It is an honor to have an esteemed individual like Vint join us in celebrating the successes of the competitive communications industry and exploring how technology and society will impact our market in the years to come.”

Widely known as a “Father of the Internet,” Cerf and his colleague Robert E. Kahn were co-designers of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet while working at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). For this work, Cerf has received numerous awards and commendations – from the Presidential Medal of Freedom and ACM Alan M. Turing award, to being named one of People magazine’s “25 Most Intriguing People.”

Since October 2005, Cerf has served in his current role at Google, where he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the company’s development of advanced, Internet-based products and services. Before joining Google, he was the senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI, where he guided corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. He also served as MCI’s senior vice president of Architecture and Technology and served as vice president of MCI Digital Information Services, where he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.

Cerf has served in the leadership of several industry organizations, including chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and was a founding president and chairman of the Internet Society. Cerf also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design of an interplanetary Internet.

Educational Agenda
Following Cerf’s keynote address will be a CEO Roundtable discussion, featuring top executives from some of the industry’s most prominent competitive carriers who will look back at events that shaped 2010, and prognosticate about the future of the communications sector. The remainder of Monday and Tuesday, March 22, will feature sessions in three tracks – business, regulatory and technology. These sessions include:

Business sessions

  • And the Winners Are… BTOP and BIP Awardees Dish on their Deployments (Part I and Part II)
  • A Market for M&A?
  • Over the Top Technologies: Meeting Demand of the Content Explosion
  • OSS: A Money Maker or a Bad Bet?

Technology sessions

  • In the Cloud: The Future of the Next-Generation Provider
  • Ethernet over Copper: Here Today, Faster Tomorrow
  • Enterprise IP Telephony Architectures for the Service Provider Network
  • On the Line or Over the Air: Recent Developments in Wireless and Wireline
  • Smart Grid: What Telecom Providers Need To Know

Regulatory sessions

  • Somebody’s Watching You: Emerging Privacy Issues and their Impact on Service Providers
  • Intercarrier Compensation and Universal Service Funds: Options and Reforms
  • The 112th Congress: Actions and Implications
  • Net Neutrality—What Happened? And, What’s Next?

The educational agenda will wrap up on Wednesday, March 23, with a half-day regulatory workshop hosted by Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP.

From Sunday through Tuesday, COMPTEL PLUS attendees will have the chance to visit the vibrant exhibit hall and meet with prospective and current vendors and explore the new products and services they’re offering. Additionally, select exhibitors will be participating in the COMPTEL PLUS Speakers Corner, where they can showcase their products and services, and address issues of importance to the industry in an interactive forum.

Registration is now open for the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2011 Convention & EXPO. For more information or to register, visit