President | Technology Futures, Inc.
Dr. Lawrence Vanston is an internationally recognized authority on technology forecasting for the telecommunications industry. As president of Technology Futures, Inc., he has conducted and managed future-looking studies of the telecom and other high-tech industries for almost thirty years. His current research and consulting interests include broadband, wireless, IP video, VoIP and convergence. Dr. Vanston's research reports and forecasts are used and referenced extensively by managers and professionals worldwide. An expert on the impact of technology change on equipment depreciation and valuation, Dr. Vanston frequently testifies in regulatory, tax, and legal proceedings.
Since 1985, Dr. Vanston has been the director and principal author of
a numerous ongoing reports
commissioned by government agencies, industry organizations and individual companies including every major U.S. cable television company and every major U.S. wireline and wireless carrier. The Communications Technology Forecasting Group (CTFG), currently comprised of AT&T, Charter Communications, Inc., Comcast Corporation, and Cox Communications, Inc., has been actively supporting TFI research since 1985. Topics have ranged from Internet access
requirements to the impact of wireless communications. TFI's flagship
publication, Transforming the Local
Exchange Network, is in its sixth edition.Dr. Vanston is Editor of the CTFG blog and resource website.
Dr. Vanston is a popular speaker on the future of telecommunications and on forecasting methods. Some of the prestigious programs he has spoken at include the IIR Telecom Market Forecasting in England, Broadband Tax Institute Conference, iHollywood's Triple Play: Voice, Video, Data, Wichita Program for Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation, International Communications Forecasting Conference, and the Society of Depreciation Professionals Conference. Dr. Vanston directs TFI’s popular TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference and TFI Technology Forecasting for Valuation Seminar—both now in their 11th year—for the communications industry. He was honored as Outstanding Speaker of the Year by attendees of the Annual International Communications Forecasting Conference.
Dr. Vanston's views and the results of his research are regularly cited by general business and industry publications including Telephony, America's Network, Fiber Optic Technology, Lightwave, Wired, Broadband Properties, Wireless Systems Design, Communications News, Broadband Properties, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Before joining Technology Futures in 1984, Dr. Vanston spent four years with Bell Labs and Bellcore in network planning where he proposed and evaluated potential new long distance, billing, access, and data services. Prior to that, he was with the Texas Petroleum Research Committee and the Center for Energy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His academic achievements include a B.A. in government (1975) and an M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1979) in operations research and industrial engineering, all from the University of Texas at Austin.