CompTel/ALTS can trace its roots back more than two
decades, beginning in 1981 as the leading trade association
for the competitive telecommunications marketplace.
CompTel originated as the Association of Long Distance
Telephone Companies (ALTEL) to promote competition with
AT&T. In 1984, ALTEL merged with the American Council of
Competitive Communications (ACCC) and expanded its services to
include local service providers, wireless communications
companies and Internet service providers. At that time, the
association's name was changed to the Competitive
Telecommunications Association (CompTel). Then, in 1999,
CompTel merged with America's Carriers Telecommunications
More recently, in March 2005, the association merged with
the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS).
ALTS was created in 1987 to represent companies that build,
own and operate competitive local networks.
This merger was preceded by the November 2003 union with
the Association of Communications Enterprises (ASCENT). ASCENT
was formed 1992 when the Telecommunications Marketing
Association and the Interexchange Resellers Association
to form the Telecommunications Resellers Association ("TRA") in
an entrepreneurial effort to promote switchless long distance
resale. In November 1997, TRA merged with the National
Wireless Resellers Association, creating a trade association
designed to serve the entire telecommunications industry. In
May 2000, TRA changed its name to ASCENT.
CompTel/ALTS has long served as the strong, unified
advocate for the competitive telecommunications industry
before Congress, the White House and federal and state
regulatory authorities. The association was a particularly
effective lobbying force during the development and
implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Through
the mobilization of its membership, the association was
instrumental in improving the language of the legislation in
order to advance the interests of competitive
telecommunications carriers. The association's most
significant victory was ensuring that the Act included
opportunities for its members to compete in the local
telephone market through resale, the purchase of unbundled
network elements, and/or facilities-based interconnection.
The association has spent the years since the Act's passage
working to ensure that these opportunities to provide
competitive local services become a reality. Today
CompTel/ALTS is continuing its pledge to fair competition and
fighting any and all barriers that stand in the way.
CompTel/ALTS members are helping forge a new era of
competitive communications for telecommunications