WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - January 5, 2011) - COMPTEL, the leading trade association for the competitive communications industry, today announced that Vinton G. Cerf, renowned as a "Father of the Internet" and currently vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, will deliver the keynote address at the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2011 Convention & EXPO, March 20-23 at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

"Vint Cerf is truly a visionary, and his pioneering work has served as the foundation for dramatic growth and innovation for the communications industry," said Jerry James, COMPTEL's CEO. "It is an honor to have an esteemed individual like Vint join us in celebrating the successes of the competitive communications industry, as COMPTEL marks its 30th anniversary, and exploring how technology and society will impact our market in the years to come."

Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf and his colleague Robert E. Kahn were co-designers of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet while working at the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Since October 2005, Cerf has served in his current role at Google, where he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the company's development of advanced, Internet-based products and services. Before joining Google, he was the senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI, where he guided corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. He also served as MCI's senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

In addition to Cerf's keynote address, COMPTEL will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary during the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2011 Convention & EXPO. Festivities will begin with a party on Sunday, March 20, and celebrations continue throughout the convention with other activities, giveaways and presentations commemorating the anniversary.

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 almost 200 exhibitors and more than 3,700 attendees to our 2010 events. COMPTEL PLUS provides you 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. For more information, please visit www.comptelplus.org.

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