The semi-annual ComptelPlus Spring 2015 gathering has traditionally been a meeting of competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) from the US, and the wholesale companies that want to do business with them, including the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. But the group is spreading its wings as it supports policies and business models underlying the New IP.
As President (and former Congressman from Mississippi) Chip Pickering told the opening day crowd, Comptel's membership now includes Internet companies such as Google, Netflix, Amazon and Twitter, and its focus has shifted to finding a way to "unite the tribes" in supporting a competitive policy that allows freedom of choice for consumers and freedom of competition for all players.
But as you can see from the pictures below, Comptel retains its flavor as a meeting place for carriers looking to do business, as meetings were the order of the day -- from the deal center, to the lunch room, to the corridors of the Gaylord Palms Convention Center, which even added wildlife into the mix!
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Welcome to Comptel
At least the walk from the Gaylord Palms Hotel to its Convention Center doesn't take you through a casino.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading