WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 15, 2013) - COMPTEL, the leading trade association for the competitive communications industry, today announced that Angela ("Angie") Kronenberg, former wireline legal advisor for FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, was named as the association's chief advocate and general counsel. In this role, Kronenberg will lead COMPTEL's legal and policy group as the association continues to promote competition and address the issues facing the competitive industry at federal agencies and state commissions, as well as on Capitol Hill. Her first day at COMPTEL will be June 3.

"We are excited to welcome Angie to COMPTEL. Her in-depth knowledge and experience in both the wireline and wireless sectors will further enhance the association's talented policy team," said COMPTEL CEO Jerry James. "There are numerous important issues -- from the evolution of networks to IP technology, copper retirement to special access and universal service reform -- that are now under review. We look forward to working with Angie to bring additional insight and resources to our advocacy on these issues as we continue to represent the interests of our members and the competitive industry."

Kronenberg served for three years in her advisor role for Commissioner Clyburn. Prior to that, she was a special counsel in the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She also practiced telecommunications and media law in the Washington, D.C. office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for more than a decade. Kronenberg earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America where she also earned a certification from The Institute for Communications Law Studies, and she earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Baylor University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

"The members of COMPTEL have been at the forefront of investment and innovation in the telecommunications industry, creating jobs in the U.S. and offering valuable communications alternatives that benefit consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, and the economy," Kronenberg said. "I am honored to have the opportunity to represent COMPTEL and its members as chief advocate and general counsel, and I look forward to advancing COMPTEL's message that consumers are best protected by laws and policies that promote effective competition."

Based in Washington, D.C., COMPTEL (www.comptel.org) is the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners. COMPTEL members are entrepreneurial companies driving technological innovation and creating economic growth through competitive voice, video, and data offerings and the development and deployment of next-generation, IP-based networks and services. COMPTEL advances its members' interests through trade shows, networking, education, and policy advocacy before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the courts. COMPTEL works to ensure that competitive communications providers can continue to offer lower prices, better service, and greater innovation to consumers. 

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