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Press Release -- December 3rd, 2015
Source: Birch Communications

Greg Darnell Re-Elected to Serve as Vice President of CompSouth’s 2016 Leadership Team

ATLANTA – December 3, 2015 – Birch Communications, Inc., (“Birch”) a leading nationwide provider of communications, network and cloud services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses, announced today that Greg Darnell, Director of Margin Assurance at Birch, has been re-elected by the Competitive Carriers of the South, Inc. (“CompSouth”) to serve as its vice president.

Darnell brings more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and represents Birch on industry-related matters. Most recently he spoke at the Society of Technology Consultants (SCTC) Conference about Technology, Always in Transition. Prior to joining Birch, he held various leadership positions with Cbeyond and MCI Communications. He is an expert in telecommunications operations, finance and policy and is sought after frequently to testify in state regulatory proceedings.

“The association is extremely fortunate to have such an experienced and talented person on board; we are delighted to have Greg Darnell back as vice president this year,” said Garry Sharp, Executive Director of CompSouth. “Greg’s extensive knowledge of the issues affecting Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) and his contribution to our membership is invaluable. He has led several key projects for us and I look forward to working with him yet again.”

CompSouth is a non-profit association committed to advancing public policy issues in the Southeast and at the Federal Communications Commission. The association’s mission is to be a voice of clarity and action on issues that have an impact on the competitive telecommunications landscape and on its members. These issues include, but are not limited to, access to wholesale local network facilities at reasonable terms and conditions, enforcement by regulators of quality of service performance standards and performance incentive plans, protection of competition and choice for consumers during transitions to new technologies, regulatory oversight that works to ensure ethical marketing and sales practices and improvements in the Incumbent Local Exchange Companies (ILECs) operational support systems that CLECs rely upon to provide service to end-user customers.

“CompSouth’s mission is in alignment with ours: to protect the very infrastructure that our customers rely on today and allow the industry to more intelligently transition to the next phase of telecommunications technology,” said Vincent M. Oddo, President and CEO, Birch.  “We are excited to have a telecommunications veteran such as Mr. Darnell represent Birch in this important industry organization.”

“It is an honor to continue in the position of Vice President of CompSouth,” said Darnell. “We advocate for fair and effective regulations that favor competition in the telecommunications marketplace and I welcome the opportunity to help guide the organization in its continued pursuit of that mission.”

About CompSouth

Established in 2002, CompSouth is the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers doing business in the Southeast. Members include: Birch; EarthLink; Global Capacity; Level 3 Communications, Windstream Communications; and XO Communications. COMPTEL is a national association associate member.

About Birch

Birch Communications, Inc. is a leading communications, network, cloud and IT solutions provider. Recognized for exceptional customer experience, Birch delivers cost-effective solutions that assist small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses to increase their productivity. Its industry-leading product portfolio is available nationwide and includes Metro-Fiber, Metro-Ethernet, unified communications (UC), hosted phone systems, hosted data centers, and hosted file storage services. For more information, visit

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