SAN FRANCISCO -- Comptel is changing its name to Incompas to reflect the changing competitive landscape, its president and CEO, Chip Pickering, announced here today.
What was once an organization of competitive local exchange carriers, known as CLECs, now embraces a much larger swath of companies in the Internet economy, including Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Twitter Inc. , as well as data center companies and others that are part of the networked services ecosystem, Pickering noted in announcing the change at Comptel Plus, the organization's twice-annual trade show.
Prior to unveiling the new Incompas name and logo, Pickering -- who had told the crowd of the impending change at Sunday night's keynote session -- pointed to Comptel's successful role in backing Open Internet rules, opposing the Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)/Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) merger and pushing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on IP transition rules, as an indication of what the association is doing to back competition and innovation in the space.
"We want to be the all-encompassing voice for competition," he said.
The new name and logo capture the core values of the association, Pickering added, which include innovation, advocacy and competition. The logo includes an arrow on a green circle in place of the 'O', and that little arrow can represent going forward, or "greater than" -- as in the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, he commented.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading