Comprehensive Workshop at COMPTEL PLUS to Explore How
Communications Providers Can Capitalize on New Business Strategies

Kelley Drye to Lead In-Depth Discussions of How Legal and Policy Changes
Unlock New Opportunities to Capitalize on “The Next Big Thing”
WASHINGTON, DC – February 13, 2014 – COMPTEL, the leading trade association for the competitive communications industry, today announced that Kelley Drye will host a free, half-day workshop on Wednesday morning, March 19, at the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2014 Convention & EXPO in Las Vegas that is designed to help service providers identify new opportunities as changes in technology, the marketplace, and the regulatory environment continue to disrupt existing business plans. Entitled “The Next Big Thing: Capitalizing on Emerging Trends at the Intersection of Public Policy and Business,” the workshop will feature in-depth discussions with leading industry executives, mini-sessions focused on key regulatory issues led by Kelley Drye subject-matter experts and a wrap-up session with COMPTEL’s policy team.
“We’ve designed this fast-moving workshop for C-level executives, business development executives and regulatory personnel who want to identify and assess the risks and opportunities associated with offerings in the wireline, wireless and satellite markets,” said Steve Augustino, a partner at Kelley Drye. “Our goal is to have attendees walk away with at least one new idea that they can leverage to ensure their businesses adapt and thrive now, and long into the future.”
In this new workshop format, Kelley Drye will interweave discussions and presentations with seven snapshot mini-sessions covering topics such as IP trials; Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and text marketing; privacy and data security; 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) obligations; and essentials for E-rate, Lifeline, and rural broadband. In-depth discussions will include an open panel discussion among wireline, wireless and satellite executives, who will forecast trends, examine business strategies, and identify the new opportunities; and another featuring service providers working within the various USF funds, who will talk about the challenges they’re facing. The workshop will conclude with a coffee-talk style conversation with members of COMPTEL’s policy team, including CEO Chip Pickering, Chief Advocate and General Counsel Angie Kronenberg, and Senior Vice President of Government Relations Alan Hill.
“The Next Big Thing” workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., March 19, in Pinyon 3 at the Aria Resort & Casino. The full agenda and confirmed speakers can be found in the COMPTEL PLUS agenda. The workshop is free and open to the public. COMPTEL PLUS attendees are encouraged to pre-register, but it is not required. For more information, visit
About Kelley Drye
Kelley Drye helps clients reach their business goals by providing legal advice in more than 30 practice areas, delivered with excellence in advocacy, superior industry insight, strategic acumen, efficiency and state-of-the-art technology. Our Telecommunications and Privacy and Information Security practice groups have a wide breadth of complementary expertise. Kelley Drye Telecommunications attorneys practice in virtually all related fields, including federal and state regulatory, with particular expertise in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforcement actions, Universal Service Fund (USF) compliance investigations, corporate/transactional matters, litigation/dispute resolution, intellectual property and finance/restructuring. Our group generates valuable synergies in terms of legal, business and technical expertise, and knowledge of industry players in both the domestic and international markets. Kelley Drye is at the forefront of the evolving area of privacy and information security law. Our attorneys assist clients in navigating changing privacy regulations, legislation and enforcement trends that impact companies across a range of industries. For more information, please visit  
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.