CapeNet LLC is a joint venture between Telecom Global, Inc. (TGI) and CapeNet Partners, Inc. TGI is a leading international telecommunications engineering, development, construction and operations company with revenues in excess of $200M yearly.  TGI operates in various verticals as Opticore Networks, a provider of backhaul services to wireless operators; WFI, designing and deploying telecom infrastructure, and LCC, a leading infrastructure engineering and network outsourcing company. CapeNet Partners is comprised of a group of seasoned, professional managers who have extensive experience in building, managing, and developing telecommunications networks nationally.

CapeNet is deploying and operating broadband infrastructure in Eastern Massachusetts, dedicated to providing the highest speed data services to businesses, institutions, government and residents of Cape Cod.

Alan Davis, CEO

Alan S. Davis brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial, executive and legal experience to CapeNet, with particular experience in founding and successfully operating telecommunications and high technology companies, leading all phases of operations.

He founded and was the lead general partner of Nashoba Communications, a highly regarded and successful Massachusetts cable television company, which was sold to Cablevision Systems.  At Nashoba, he personally supervised the building of over 1000 miles of plant, including the first fiber backbone for a cable television system in Massachusetts; conceived of and implemented the Belmont Plan, an innovative public-private telecommunications partnership; and personally developed and managed industry, award-winning marketing campaigns.

Thereafter, Alan co-founded and was CEO of GlobaLAN, the first WiFi company in the U.S.; Sepaton, an early storage area networking company and currently an industry leader in virtual tape; Accell Systems, a telecom equipment company, which has developed a circuit that doubles the speed and range of DSL lines; and RadioLink Networks, also a telecom equipment company, which has developed a unique low cost, high capacity digital microwave radio for cellular backhaul applications.

Prior to his business career, Alan was a practicing attorney in Boston and Washington D.C.

Shannon Silvus, VP of Network Operations

Shannon Silvus has over 20 years of telecommunications experience including network operations, engineering, planning, technical strategy and product development. 

At various times, Shannon was CTO, Chief Architect and VP of Product Development at Global Crossing, where he built a worldwide VoIP network which moved 30% of its traffic across a VoIP backbone, accomplishing this task years ahead of the industry. He also developed early-to-market products like IP VPN and Optical Ethernet, a blend of DWDM, SONET and Ethernet

Prior to Global Crossing, Shannon was a senior technical officer at Sprint, where he directed network planning for Sprint’s commercial Frame Relay and ATM networks; integrated Sprint’s new DWDM/SONET infrastructure as a core backbone for Sprint’s Frame Relay and ATM solutions; led ION, the company’s initial DSL project; and supervised the technical design of Sprint’s then-new converged service. Previously, he was also lead Architect, Xerox, Regional Manager, Pre-sales and Channel Development, Nortel Networks, Senior Enterprise Account Executive, XO Communications.

Anthony DaSilva, VP of Sales and Business Development

Tony DaSilva has a far-reaching, diversified background in information technology. He has held senior executive positions in sales, marketing and business development.  Tony has previously worked for Integralis, WifiMed, Rosetta Technologies, nCipher, Vitts Networks and GTE Internet/BBN.  His prior sales experience incorporates his diverse security experience in the areas of regulatory compliance, encryption, and authentication and authorization. Tony is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional

At GTE/BBN, Tony was Director, Business Development for GTE Cyber Trust. Most recently, he was a national sales account manager at RCN Metro Optical Networks.  Tony began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where over an 18 year career there he occupied various 1st and 2nd level management positions, including corporate competitive manager and group software services manager.

Michael Solitro, Construction Project Manager

Michael Solitro is the founder, President and Operating Manager of Sertex Utility Services. He is responsible for estimating and overall management of construction projects for the company. He has extensive experience in project management, telecommunications and energy infrastructure construction and maintenance.  Sertex’s clients include AT&T (master contract for U-Verse project and other fiber network builds); Cablevision Systems (450 mile HFC upgrade of six long Island towns); Town of Shrewsbury (130 mile HFC project); and Northeast Utilities (Norwalk underground fiber network).

Previously, Michael formed Axsys Communications, a company specializing in fiber optic deployment within the electric utility space. He also founded Axsys Comunicaciones de Argentina, S.A. with partner company Technomar, as Latin America began privatizing their electric and telecommunications companies. 

Michael began his career with EBASCO Services as an engineer on the Waterford III S.E.S. project in New Orleans, Louisiana. Through the 1980s, he held various engineering positions within the electric utility industry that included construction, startup and maintenance of nuclear power generation plants.

Sharon Levesque, CFO and Treasurer

Sharon Levesque has more than 25 years of experience building value for both start-ups and established companies, with particular expertise in telecommunications, construction budgets and forecasting. 

Sharon  previously served as Executive Vice President for Finance at Baja Broadband, a cable TV, broadband and telephone service company with 67,000 residential and commercial customers in the western U.S., where she was a key senior executive leading the revenue growth of the company.  She oversaw a $60M construction budget to rebuild and upgrade the company’s telecommunications system within strict time and financial constraints.

As a principal at Tofias, P.C., Sharon expanded the firm’s telecommunications practice, acting as interim CFO and providing financial services to Carolina Broadband and other clients. She also has provided construction cost review services to MIT, Harvard University and Brown University.   At Nashoba Communications, Sharon directed all financial activities of this high-growth start-up cable TV company, including management of the budget for construction of over 1000 miles of fiber and coaxial cable plant. 

Earlier in her career Sharon was a senior auditor for KPMG, then a big 4 accounting firm. Sharon is a Massachusetts licensed CPA.

Partners

David J. Porte, Chairman

David Porte is the Chief Operating Officer at Telecom Global Inc. (TGI), a multinational services provider to the telecommunications industry.  With offices in over 30 countries, TGI is the parent company of LCC International, WFI, and Opticore Networks.  Mr. Porte joined TGI through their acquisition of WFI, an infrastructure development and management company where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. With over 25 years in the telecommunications industry, David has held senior executive positions or served in board-level positions in almost every industry vertical including infrastructure services, wireless, hardware, software, LEC, cable television, and satellites.

Prior to WFI, David served in executive positions for Powerwave Technologies including VP of Global Business Development and VP of Global Engineering.  At Powerwave, David was responsible for strategic technology initiatives and worldwide business development activities.  Prior to Powerwave, David served as a key executive at Crown Castle International and as CTO and EVP of Strategy at American Tower Corporation.  David has served on the boards of OpenCell, Telicore, Verestar, and Zinwave.