Consultant in Telecommunications

Policy, Regulation, Economics

17 Lawrence Road

Swampscott, MA 01907 USA

tel: 1-781-477-9356 fax: 1-781-593-4707



Expertise: Telecommunications policy, regulation, economics and development; international telecommunications development and policy; new and emerging markets and services; tariffs, demand, and costs; network technology and management; cable TV, Internet, educational telecommunications; strategic planning for communications.

Education: Master of Public Policy, Communications Policy, John F. Kennedy

School of Government, Harvard University, 1983.

A.B., Cum Laude, Asian Studies, Dartmouth College, 1981.

Studies in French, University of Toulouse, France, 1980.

Professional Experience:

Consultant in Telecommunications Policy, Regulation, Economics;

President, David N. Townsend & Assoc. (1996 to present).

Vice President, Director of International Consulting, Economics and Technology, Inc. (1989 to 1996).

Consultant/Senior Consultant, Economics and Technology, Inc. (1983 to 1989).

Lecturer in Communication, Boston University. (1987-89).

Mr. Townsend's professional experience has included the following activities:

Mr. Townsend has participated in numerous international forums as an advisor, speaker, or consultant. His views have been sought by the World Bank, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Communications Ministries and other government agencies around the world.

In the U.S. and Canada, Mr. Townsend has testified on communications policy matters before the Texas, Tennessee, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and British Columbia Public Utilities Commissions, and has been a consultant to several Commissions and state legislatures. He has been an invited speaker before the National Regulatory Research Institute, the International Communications Association, and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.

Mr. Townsend has also served as a Lecturer in Communication at Boston University's College of Communication, where he taught courses in communications theory and the mass media.

Languages: English (native), French (good), Spanish (reading=good)

Articles, Reports, Presentations:

"Economic Issues in Interconnection," in Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2000/2001, ITU Development Symposium, November 2000.

"Productivity and Price Cap Regulation: Theory and Practice" (with Peter A. Stern), paper presented at ITU Telecom 99, Geneva, October 1999.

"Enhancing Rural Penetration Through The Development Of Self Supporting, Community Run Telecentres", presentation at Rural Telecoms 99, Cape Town, South Africa, September 1999.

"E-Commerce and Universal Service," infoDev eXchange, Volume I, July-Sept 1999.

"Telecommunications Regulatory Issues for Electronic Commerce," Briefing Report for the Eighth International Telecommunication Union Regulatory Colloquium, March 1999.

"Cost Issues in International Settlements: Toward a New Theoretical Framework," paper presented to the International Telecommunication Union, World Telecommunication Policy Forum, March 1998.

"Regulatory Implications of Convergence in the Telecommunications Industry" Briefing Report for the Sixth ITU Regulatory Colloquium, March 1997.

"Internet Pricing: Lessons to be Learned from the Public Switched Network," (With Dr. Lee L. Selwyn), paper presented at the Conference on Public Policy and Corporate Strategy for the Information Economy, May 1996.

"Study of the Impacts of the Iowa Communications Network upon the Iowa Telecommunications Industry" (with John T. McDermott and Douglas S. Williams), report to the Iowa Utilities Board, December 1995.

"Tariff Comparisons in Competitive Markets: The United States Example" (with Sonia N. Jorge), report presented at the OECD Workshop on Telecommunication Performance Indicators, Paris, September 1995.

"Communications and the Household Budget: Where will the Markets Be?" (with Douglas S. Williams), paper presented as part of the Communications International Virtual Conference, April 1995.

"Telecommunications Competition in Mexico: Policy options for linking objectives of competitive market opening and network development," report prepared for the World Bank, April 1995.

"Telecommunications Sector Restructuring and Policy and Regulatory Reform: International Trends and Examples," presentation to the Communications Ministry of the People's Republic of China, Beijing, October 31, 1994.

"Consumer Telephone Services in the United States, Product and Pricing Study," Report on behalf of Eurodata Foundation, 1994

"The Vital Role of Regulation in Telecommunications Sector Reform," in Wellenius and Stern, eds., Implementing Reforms in the Telecommunications Sector, Lessons from Experience, Washington, D.C., The World Bank, 1994.

Panelist, Workshop on Generic Tariff Issues, Forum of the ITU Africa Telecom '94 Conference, Cairo, Egypt, April 1994.

"Telecommunications Reforms in Thailand" (with Sonia N. Jorge), report to the World Bank, Asia Technical Department, June 1993.

"Network Investment and Tariff Reform," paper presented at the Economic Symposium of the ITU Asia Telecom '93 Conference, Singapore, May 1993.

"El Precio del Teléfono: A Comparison of Prices for Telephone Services in Latin America" (with Paul S. Keller and Sonia N. Jorge), report published April 1992.

"Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Development: Principles for Formulating Investment Policies," paper presented at the Pacific Telecommunications Council PTC '91 Conference, January 1991.

"The Cost Structure of Fiber Optic Delivery Systems Will Determine the Viability of Competition for Home Video Services," paper and presentation at the conference, Cable TV Alternatives, sponsored by TeleStrategies, Inc., October 23, 1990.

"Investment in the Telecommunications Infrastructure: Principles for Policy Development," paper presented at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Biennial Regulatory Information Conference, Ohio State University, September 1990.

"The US Experience with Competition in Long Distance Telephone Service: A Review of Competitive Policy and Impacts" (with Dr. Lee L. Selwyn), report to the British Office of Telecommunications, July 1990.

"The Sustainability of Competition in Light of New Technologies" (with Dr. Lee L. Selwyn and Patricia D. Kravtin), paper presented at the Twentieth Annual Williamsburg Conference of the Institute of Public Utilities, Williamsburg, December 6, 1988.

"Industry Structure and Competition in Telecommunications Markets: An Empirical Analysis" (with Patricia Kravtin), paper presented at the Seventh International Conference of the International Telecommunications Society at MIT, July 1, 1988.

"Strategic Forecasting and Telecommunications Planning" (with W. Page Montgomery), Business Communications Review, July-August 1987.

"The convergence of the telephone and cable television industries requires a coherent policy approach to the future of broadband communications," Overseas Telecommunications Journal (Japan), September 1986.