Charles C. Townsend

Mr. Townsend’s telecom career began in 1986 when he was named CEO of Providence Journal Telecommunications with interests in both cable TV and cellular businesses.

In 1989, Mr. Townsend founded the Atlantic Cellular Company.  Atlantic Cellular was the first cellular operator focused on acquiring rural cellular markets, quickly growing to become the fourth largest wireless carrier in New England prior to its sale to Rural Cellular Corporation in 1998.  While running Atlantic Cellular, Mr. Townsend founded and was CEO of Hawaiian Wireless.  Hawaiian Wireless began operations in 1996 as the first digital cellular operator in the United States.

From 2002-2014, Mr. Townsend was the President and CEO of Aloha Partners Aloha Partners was the largest owner of UHF-TV channels in the United States until the spring of 2008 when it sold its 700MHz  spectrum to AT&T. Aloha pioneered using UHF-TV for wireless broadband in Phoenix in 2006. Aloha also pioneered using UHF-TV to send TV channels to smartphones in Las Vegas, NV in 2007. In 2014 Aloha sold its Advanced Wireless Service frequencies to AT&T.

Townsend is currently the General Partner of Bluewater Wireless, the fourth largest spectrum buyer in the FCC’s 600 MHz auction. He served on the CTIA Board and Executive Committee for over two decades and until 2016 served on the board of the Wireless History Foundation. Mr. Townsend currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gogo, Inc and Zebra Imaging Corp. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Charlie Townsend 2017 Induction Video