For nearly 30 years, COMPTEL has served as an advocate for the competitive telecommunications industry before Congress, the White House and the Federal Communications Commission. Moreover, COMPTEL is active in state regulatory and legislative proceedings, as well as beyond U.S. borders through information submitted to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) as part of World Trade Organization (WTO) proceedings.

As a fierce advocate for the principles of a competitive telecommunications marketplace, COMPTEL is active in proceedings underway at the FCC and state regulatory agencies, before Congress and the Administration, in the international arena, and in the courts. COMPTEL focuses its policy advocacy efforts on five key areas:

  • network access
  • cost-based pricing
  • enforcement
  • rights-of-way
  • international market access

COMPTEL encourages its active and vocal membership to participate in its committees – regulatory, legislative, strategic policy, international, membership and meetings council, as well as issue-specific task forces created on an ad hoc basis. These committees are vital in helping the association formulate its positions and policy strategies as new industry trends develop. COMPTEL also hosts a CEO Council, which provides top executives a forum to network and discuss business, technology and policy issues impacting their companies and the industry.

COMPTEL also is known for its twice-annual COMPTEL PLUS Convention & EXPO, as well as providing its members business and networking opportunities and educational and technical support through special events throughout the year. Through the COMPTEL PLUS Convention & EXPO, which is considered among the best events in the industry, COMPTEL offers members numerous opportunities to stay on top of industry trends, share information and network with peers and customers each Spring and Fall. These events provide exhibitors with ample business opportunities, including meeting with potential new customers, renewing contact with current clients, and showcasing their products and services to an audience seeking their solutions. In addition, the association offers conference attendees a full slate of educational sessions and workshops designed to address business and policy issues, and technological trends that impact member companies’ bottom lines.