Michael Shafer

As VP, Engineering, Michael provides technical and strategic guidance for CNX’s broadband utilization and aggregation initiatives. His most recent experience includes involvement in the design and execution of California’s CAPSNET and CAPSCOM projects, both public safety modernization programs targeting state-wide microwave, fiber optic, and land mobile radio network upgrades. CAPSCOM, in particular, included a multi-agency; unified telecommunications needs assessment and strategic evolution plan requiring the input and agreement of some 10 key state and federal agencies.

Michael has had significant management and direct field engineering experience with analog, digital, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks, wireless, fiber optic, and microwave; systems used by commercial telecom companies as well as the unique networks utilized by the public safety and electric utility industries. In addition, international business development experience in Japan, China, India, and Korea. In addition, as employee #103 of Sprint PCS, he has significant business start-up experience, he successfully grew the telecommunications organization from just a few engineers to now over 50 for Burns & McDonnell, North America’s largest Transmission and Distribution Engineering firm, and a proud employee-owned company founded almost 118 years ago.

Michael was also the sole engineering lead and co-author for the Google Fiber application for Kansas City, Kansas, the first city chosen, from over 1,100 applications by Google in March of 2011. This application and award became the blueprint by which countless other cities have too sought to also become “Google-ready”.

Michael studied Economics at Union College, received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s Degree in Business from the Aji Institute. He completed the Sprint Executive Enrichment Program and holds 13 patents in the area of telecommunications.