COMPTEL PLUS CEO Breakfast to Address the
Impact of Policy Reform on Competitive Sector

COMPTEL’s New CEO Chip Pickering to Discuss Why What Happens in D.C. Matters to Providers Nationwide
WASHINGTON, DC – January 27, 2014 – COMPTEL, the leading trade association for the competitive communications industry, today announced that its new CEO Chip Pickering will be the featured speaker at the CEO Breakfast, which takes place during the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2014 Convention & EXPO. With a unique vantage point as a former Congressman and previously a staff member of the Senate Commerce Committee who was active in shaping the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pickering will share insights on “At the Political Crossroads: Why Washington, D.C., Matters to Your Company's Bottom Line.”
This exclusive, invitation-only event is scheduled for Monday, March 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Aria Resort & Casino.
“The communications industry is at a crossroads, and the future of competitive policy is at stake. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress are beginning to actively debate new policies and legislation that will have a direct bearing on the competitive marketplace,” Pickering said. “During the CEO Breakfast, we want to start an interactive discussion with industry leaders, to examine the key issues under consideration now in Washington, D.C., explain how changes could impact their business strategies, and discuss the ways in which we can work together to ensure that robust, competitive markets continue to grow and flourish to the benefit of consumers and our economy.”
Pickering will outline the challenges and opportunities in today’s policy environment – including the technology transition, last mile access, IP interconnection, E-Rate  and Lifeline reform, the recent court decision on open Internet access, and Congressional action on new telecommunications legislation, cybersecurity and data privacy. He also will explain COMPTEL’s role in advocating for pro-competitive policies and laws, and what industry leaders can do to assist in these efforts. 
CEO Breakfast attendees also will have time to network with other top executives of COMPTEL member companies at the breakfast and throughout the convention. To see our full C-Level Executive Agenda, please visit the COMPTEL PLUS website
For more information about the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2014 Convention & EXPO, which is scheduled for March 16-19 at the Aria Resort & Casino, or to register, visit Please contact Tracy MacDonald at [email protected] or 202-296-6650 for questions related to the CEO Breakfast.  
The COMPTEL PLUS Convention & EXPO is the preeminent networking event for innovative communications companies and their supplier partners. Held twice a year, COMPTEL PLUS attracted 180 exhibitors and 3,820 attendees to the 2013 conventions. COMPTEL PLUS provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about new products, services and industry trends; meet potential customers and do business. In addition, COMPTEL PLUS offers comprehensive educational programming led by experienced industry speakers. COMPTEL PLUS is produced by COMPTEL, the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners. Follow us at or on Twitter at @COMPTELPLUS and #COMPTELSpring14.