TEXALTEL a trade association with the purpose of promoting the business interests of competitive telecommunications providers since 1983.

Why does the competitive industry need TEXALTEL?

TEXALTEL has been serving as an advocate for the competitive telecommunications industry in Texas for 35 years.  Our advocacy extends to the Texas Legislature, the Texas Governor’s office, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and meeting with members of Congress and the Federal Communications Commission when pressing federal issues affect the ability of carriers to compete in Texas.

As 35 years of experience can attest, TEXALTEL believes in strong and resilient competition and the continuing ability for competitors to be able to provide effective alternatives to incumbent providers of telecommunications.  From a policy standpoint, TEXALTEL’s primary focus is to achieve and maintain effective competition through nondiscriminatory network access and access to rights-of-way, pricing based on cost, and strong regulatory enforcement.

Join TEXALTEL for a strong voice in policy advocacy. No company should stand alone in these times of giant mergers of the baby bells. 

TEXALTEL encourages and supports active participation of its members as well as providing a strong cohesive voice in the industry through the association.  Through its standing Regulatory and Legislative Committee, TEXALTEL assures that information is effectively disseminated to its members and that the membership has the opportunity to effect policy development within the associations.

TEXALTEL brings together the brightest in the industry to work together and forge business development and relationships. 

TEXALTEL encourages active business development among its members.  TEXALTEL membership includes a wide array of providers, including traditional CLEC and VoIP providers.  Some members are focused on retail markets while other members focus on providing wholesale services to other carriers. 

TEXALTEL offers two types of membership. An Active Membership is offered to all alternative telecommunications providers including, but not limited to those companies operating as competitive local exchange carriers, digital subscriber line (“DSL”) and other data providers, VoIP providers, and wireless providers. Active Membership dues consist of annual dues and a monthly legal assessment which is based on the interstate, intrastate, and 800 billed and local exchange service Texas revenues.

An Associate Membership is available to interested supporters, service providers, suppliers and manufacturers. Associate Members pay annual dues only.

TEXALTEL maintains permanent offices and staff in Austin, Texas.  



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