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 more than 20 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 number of ongoing reports
commissioned by the Telecommunications
Technology Forecasting Group (TTFG), which is presently comprised of AT&T,
CenturyLink, and Verizon. Topics have ranged from Internet access
requirements to the impact of wireless communications. The flagship TFI/TTFG
publication, Transforming the Local
Exchange Network, is in its sixth edition. In 2013 the TTFG was expanded to the Communications Technology Forecasting Group to include cable television and wireless providers. Dr. Vanston is Editor of the CTFG blog and resource website.
Dr. Vanston is a popular speaker on the future of telecommunications and its significance to organizations and people. 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 9th year—for the communications industry. He was honored as Outstanding Speaker of the Year by attendees of the 11th 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.