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Charlie Cano CEO

Office (Direct): 903.797.1186 Cell Phone: 903.790.0627

ccano@etexcoop.net

Broadband Deployment Advisory Council Application TABLE OF CONTENTS

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QUALIFICATION STATEMENT.......................................... 1-4 REPRESENTATION OF ETEX................................................ 4 CONFIRMATION OF NO LOBBYING AFFILIATION............ 5 REFERENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS NATIONAL................................................................ 6-13

1013 State Highway 155 Gilmer, TX 75644 Executive Assistant, Dacy Tillery 903.797.1106 dtillery@etexcoop.net

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QUALIFICATION STATEMENT In 2014, Charlie Cano was named the Chief Executive Officer of ETEX Telephone Cooperative (https://www.etex.net/) and its subsidiaries, after serving first as Engineering Manager for the company and then as General Manager for the 4G deployment of ETEX wireless broadband subsidiary, MobiNet. ETEX serves over 12,639 rural subscribers in seven exchanges encompassing over 700 square miles in seven counties. Deploying both fixed and wireless broadband connectivity, as well as a myriad of communications services, ETEX bridges the digital divide for thousands of homes and businesses in Eastern Texas. Cano brought years of design, deployment and implementation experience to ETEX after having served as an Outside Plant Design Engineer, Project Manager and Director of Sales for Hicks and Ragland Engineering, a national consulting firm now known as CHR Solutions. ((http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/24274099/article--Cano-to-guide-next-stage-of-ETEX-s-development?) (https:// www.chrsolutions.com/) Originally from Perryton, Texas, Cano graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. Committed to improving the quality of life in rural communities, Cano has spent his 19-year career developing, constructing and deploying state-of-the-art technology networks enabling rural communities to keep technological pace with their urban counterparts. Cano and his wife, Shelly, make their home near Gilmer, Texas. Their three children, Analese, Lucas and Devin attend public education fueled by ETEX connectivity. Cano is an active participant in numerous community events, organizations and causes. As, well as representing the broadband and telecommunication industry regionally, statewide and nationally.

• (http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/27334791/article-Etex-employees-donate-to-Upshur-County-Shares-Angel-Tree?)

• (http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/24425319/article-Charlie-Canoto-speak-at-Gilmer-Area-Chamber-of-Commerce-Membership-Banquet?)

• (http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/26600997/article-Ca-

no-goes-over-political--regulatory-changes-in-telecommunications-industry-at-Etex-meeting?) (http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/27275400/ article-4H-Shotgunners-Club-receives-grant--donations)

• https://www.dropbox.com/s/td52k43g2a014ba/ETEX_HometownService_ HD.mp4?dl=0

ETEX contributes to local cause.

In addition to his leadership of ETEX, Cano serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Lone Star Network, a state-wide consortium network that spans 3000 route miles across Texas delivering Ethernet connectivity and video services. A recognized industry thought-leader, Cano is a go-to resource for political leaders, industry associations, and think tanks alike.

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Congressman John Radcliffe is briefed on the latest in technology by ETEX CEO, Charlie Cano.

U.S Representative Louie Gohmer meets with Cano at the ETEX offices in Gilmer, Texas.

As subject matter expert on technology development and deployment, Cano is a sought-after speaker for local, state and national associations and events. Most recently, Cano addressed industry peers at the ISE Expo, providing a tech talk discussing the value and application of big data, available through broadband connectivity.

Charlie Cano was a featured speaker at the 2016 ISE Expo, a premier event for today’s information and technology industry.

https://iseexpo.com/speakers/charlie-cano/

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Cano is a featured speaker at the upcoming NTCA (National Broadband Association) Telecom Executive Forum to be held in March 2017.

Never one to grow complacent, Cano is currently spearheading the installation of Fortune 500 company cybersecurity measures into the ETEX network to ensure the safety and security of the company’s customers. ETEX is one of the first Tier 3 providers in the nation to deploy IXIA(https://www.ixiacom.com/ixia-products-and-services) network monitoring for performance. Cano has also introduced the IXIA product offerings to the Texas Lone Star Network to increase the security and dependability of the statewide network serving dozens of companies and thousands of consumers across Texas. On the forefront of utilizing broadband to promote rural health care and aging in place initiatives, Cano is leading his team in the evaluation of ANKOTA Next Generation Home Care Management to promote preventative health maintenance and care in the ETEX service area. While tirelessly working on behalf of rural telecom and broadband service providers through ETEX and the State and National associations to which it belongs, Cano is not a paid lobbyist for the telecom or broadband industries. He is, simply, committed to ensuring rural American’s access to crucial technology for education, business, health care, entertainment, commerce and global connectivity.

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is evidenced by the evolutions of the network from open wire strung along fence posts and outhouses to the digital fiber optic network in place today. Etex Telephone Cooperative boasts a service territory of 710 square miles of rural East Texas. Customers within this service area are given the opportunity to purchase broadband Internet, local phone service, long distance, digital TV and other communications related services at rates comparable to those found in urban areas around the state. Deployment of fiber in the loop further enhances the ability to offer other broadband services.

If selected, Charlie Cano will represent ETEX Telephone Cooperative and its subsidiaries, as well as Tier 3 Telecommunications and Internet Service providers across the country. ETEX Company Information: Etex Telephone Cooperative was formed in 1952 to meet the communication needs of people living in rural northeast Texas. REA funding permitted a group of industrious individuals to launch Etex Telephone Cooperative and provide service to rural areas of Texas overlooked by corporate communications companies.

The ETEX Board of Directors and 105 employees take pride in the quality of service that is provided to members and customers and look forward to continuing to meet future needs. The company is often publicly recognized for its contributions to surrounding communities, organizations and economic development efforts.

In just over 60 years, ETEX has grown from the original 743 members (each paid a $10 membership fee and made an initial investment of $40 at the time of installation of service) into a Company that provides service to 12,639 members and customers. ETEX is now recognized as a leader in the Tier 3 telecom and broadband space.

The mission of ETEX is to provide competitively priced, state-ofthe-art communication, entertainment, and information services tomembers and customers that include an array of contemporary, enhanced network features that are generally available in urban areas.

The Company’s rich heritage and continued mission to bring the very best communications services and technology to subscribers 4


STATEMENT OF NOMINEE EXPERIENCE/NON LOBBYIST I, Charlie Cano, certify I am seeking nomination to the Broadband Deplyment Advisory Council to contribute my experience and expertise in the area of broadband network design, construction, deployment and delivery. I am not a paid lobbyist for any organization or association.

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Wednesday February 8, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai My job As a District Sales Manager – Telecom for my company Enersys requires me to cover 7 states in the Midwest covering the independent/cooperative telephone companies. I participate/support all of their associations, meetings, workshops, and industry trade shows. It is my pleasure to provide this letter of recommendation for Charlie Cano as he seeks nomination for the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. I have known Charlie Cano for nine years and witnessed his approach to business in his positions as engineering consultant, telco engineer, GM/CEO. I can attest that Charlie brings a high level of excellence to every job he has undertaken. He is known in the industry for his analytical approach to engineering challenges along with his strong leadership and management skills, but mostly for his vision of the future for the independent rural telco’s industry growth with his BIG DATA concept. I have seen Charlie participate in many state and national trade association’s panel presentations (ISE/OSP SEP 2016) and as a subject matter expert regarding various telecommunications subjects. Charlie communicates well with all groups whether the conversation is filled with a detailed collage of engineering acronyms to simplified explanations for Board of Directors, customers, or non-industry personnel. In closing, I’d like to restate my strong support for Charlie’s nomination. I’m confident that he will exceed the committee’s mission to provide valuable analysis and recommendations to accelerate and maintain the deployment of high-speed Internet access. Sincerely,

Joe Clews www.enersys.com FROM THE DESK OF:

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JOE CLEWS, SW DISTRICT SALES MANAGER – TELECOM ENERSYS DELAWARE INC……………………….. 7405 CRENSHAW DRIVE ………………………….. PLANO, TX 75025 . . . . ……….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PHONE: 972-679-7799 EMAIL: joe.clews@enersys.com

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Barry H. Ward Senior Sales Representative Phone 817-296-7095 barry.ward@graybar.com

To Whom it may Concern: I wish to heartily recommend Charlie Cano, General Manager of ETEX Telephone Coop, to serve on the newly formed FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. I have known Charlie for over 20 years and he is one of the most knowledgeable persons I know of in the industry and his foresight has helped to position his company to succeed. With Charlie’s experience in Engineering, Operations and Management, along with his vision he would be invaluable to this committee. Again I wish to recommend Charlie Cano for a seat on the FCC Broadband Deployment Committee. You could not find a more knowledgeable and worthy candidate. Sincerely: Barry H Ward Senior Sales Representative Graybar Electric Company, Inc.

STREET ADDRESS, CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE www.graybar.com

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LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

February 6, 2017

To Whom It May Concern: I am writing this reference at the request of Charlie Cano, who is applying for the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee nomination. Power & Telephone Supply has worked with Etex Communication for many years and is pleased to support their GM/CEO, Charlie Cano. In his current role, he is well aware of the complex challenges that relate specifically to rural service providers, which would be a great asset to the committee. Sincerely,

Jennifer Sims CEO Power & Telephone Supply Company | 2673 Yale Ave. | Memphis, TN 38112 WBE Cer(ďŹ ed ISO 9001 & TL9000 Registered www.ptsupply.com

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National Information Solutions Cooperative ®

February 10, 2017 Chairman Ajit Pai Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554 RE: Recommendation of Charlie Cano, Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Chairman Pai, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), is proud to nominate Charlie Cano to the newly-formed Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. On behalf of NISC’s 225 independent, community-based telecommunication Members, we believe that Mr. Cano has the right blend of experience and vision to compliment the mission of this committee. Mr. Cano is the Chief Executive Officer of Etex Telephone Cooperative in Gilmer, TX. Etex is a telecommunications cooperative committed to delivering high-speed broadband to people living in rural northeast Texas. Mr. Cano is a 20-year veteran of the telecom industry, working at different spectrums of the industry before joining Etex 13 years ago. Through Mr. Cano’s experience in strategic planning and engineering, he has guided Etex’s deployment of FTTH, IPTV and a fiber ring-protected transport system. His present focus has been on regulatory balance and evolving the culture of the organization. More importantly, Mr. Cano continually demonstrates his passion for telecommunications and rural America. This is a fascinating, yet, uncertain time for the industry; especially so for our rural providers. Mr. Cano’s commitment to bridging the digital divide in rural America and to improving the places in which his employees live and work are demonstrative of who he is as a person. You would be well served to have someone of Mr. Cano’s caliber on the committee. We appreciate your consideration and we wish you luck in this endeavor. Respectfully yours,

Vern Dosch President & CEO

© 2017 NISC • All Rights Reserved

1.866.WWW.NISC (1.866.999.6472)

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February 13, 2017 Chairman Ajit Pai Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20554 Re:

Recommendation of Charlie Cano for Membership to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Public Notice DA 17-110; Released January 31, 2017

Dear Chairman Pai, As a telecommunications consulting firm with clients primarily in the rural independent telecommunications industry, JSI welcomes the creation of a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (“Committee”). According to the Public Notice released by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), the Committee’s mission will be “to make recommendations to the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access, or ‘broadband,’ by reducing and/or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment.”1 As demonstrated below, Charlie Cano of Etex Telephone Cooperative is the ideal candidate for membership, and JSI wholeheartedly recommends him as he seeks nomination to the Committee. In the Public Notice, the FCC specifically cites “Rural Internet service providers” and qualified representatives “with relevant experience” as among those that the Commission is particularly interested in submitting nominations.2 Among the issues to be considered by the Committee include drafting a model code covering local franchising, zoning, permitting, and right-of-way regulations and recommending further reforms of the FCC’s pole attachment rules. Candidates should also be individuals that are team-oriented as they will need to “exchange ideas and develop recommendations” to the FCC on broadband deployment.3 In light of these stated goals, Charlie Cano would be a valuable resource were he to be chosen to serve on the Committee. Charlie possesses a high level of expertise in deploying voice, broadband and video in rural areas utilizing a variety of technologies. Currently, Charlie is General Manager/CEO of Etex Telephone Cooperative, a progressive telephone 1

FCC Announces the Establishment of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee and Solicits Nominations for Membership, Public Notice, DA 17-110 (rel. Jan. 31, 2017) (“Public Notice”). 2 Id. 3 Id.

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February 10, 2017 Via Electronic Mail

The Honorable Chairman Ajit Pai Federal Communications Commission Dear Chairman Pai, It is my privilege to nominate Mr. Charlie Cano, Chief Executive Officer of Etex Telephone Cooperative, Inc. for the new FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. I have known and worked with Charlie for many years. Charlie is considered an expert in the area of engineering, having joined an engineering consulting firm upon graduating with an engineering degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. His experience in telecom engineering for numerous telephone cooperatives/companies, the experience gained while leading the engineering organization at Etex Telephone Cooperative (he has hands on experience in the design of Etex’ broadband network), and now as its Chief Executive Officer, will be advantageous to the FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. Charlie is also a leader in our industry. He has a broad knowledge of all facets of our industry, including but not limited to: financial, regulatory, interconnection, contracts, sales/marketing, emergency services (911), government affairs, etc. He is a frequent speaker on a number of issues, including technology. It is my hope that you will consider Charlie for the Advisory Committee. If you have questions, please call me at 806-360-7370.

Best Regards,

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February 7, 2017

Chairman Ajit Pai Federal Communications Commission Re: Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Dear Chairman Pai: I have worked with Charlie Cano as an outside auditor and consultant for Etex Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Etex) for many years. Charlie’s education and the early part of his career were in engineering and, as such, he has a good understanding of the telecommunications and broadband technology, right of way regulations, and permitting. As he has progressed into the General Manager role at Etex, Charlie has gained knowledge of all aspects of what it takes to efficiently and effectively bring broadband services to his rural customers. He has an analytical mind and a vision for the future of communications. In working with him in the financial area, I can see that he has a good understanding of the financial impacts of his company’s decisions and the economics of providing broadband and other services to rural areas. Through his involvement in various associations, Charlie has gained an understanding of the regulatory barriers and legislative issues surrounding broadband deployment. He is interested and active in this area. I highly recommend Charlie Cano as a member of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. I know that his knowledge, vision, and ability and willingness to listen to the ideas of others and work for a solution will be an asset to the Committee. Sincerely, CURTIS BLAKELY & CO., P.C.

Blake Lackey, CPA President BL/na f:\2017\etex telephone cooperative\misc\bl cano recommendation letter.docx

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai It is my pleasure to provide this letter of recommendation for Charlie Cano as he seeks nomination for the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. I have known Charlie Cano for 17 years and witnessed his approach to business as an engineering consultant, with CHR Solutions and all of his various positions within Etex Tel Coop including his current position as CEO/GM. I can attest that Charlie brings a high level of professionalism and expertise to his job. Charlie brings a unique skill set to our industry from his experiences as a consultant, as well as the many positions within Etex Tel coop. I have seen Charlie participate in state and national trade association’s panel presentations and as a subject matter expert regarding various telecommunications subjects. Charlie communicates well with all groups whether the conversation is filled with a detailed collage of engineering acronyms to simplified explanations for Board of Directors, customers, or non-industry personnel. In closing, I’d like to restate my strong support for Charlie’s nomination. I’m confident that he will exceed the committee’s mission to provide valuable analysis and recommendations to accelerate and maintain the deployment of high-speed Internet access. Sincerely, John Brothers President PSA, Inc. 701 E Plano Pkwy Ste. 112 Plano, TX 75074

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February 7, 2017 Bill Rakowitz PO Box 329 / 109 W Putnam Ganado, TX 77962 Em: bill@ykc.com Tel: 361.771.3334 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, It is my pleasure to provide this letter of recommendation for Charlie Cano as he seeks nomination for the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. I have known Charlie Cano for 8 years and witnessed his approach to business in his positions as a telco engineer and General Manager/CEO. I can attest that Charlie is committed do his personal best in his position, for his company and for the telecommunication industry as a whole. He is known in the industry for his analytical approaches to the difficult issues that face our industry. I have seen Charlie participate in state and national trade association’s panel presentations and as a subject matter expert regarding various telecommunications subjects. Charlie communicates well with all groups whether the conversation is filled with a detailed collage of engineering acronyms to simplified explanations for Board of Directors, customers, or non-industry personnel. In closing, I’d like to restate my strong support for Charlie’s nomination. I’m confident that he will exceed the committee’s mission to provide valuable analysis and recommendations to accelerate and maintain the deployment of high-speed Internet access. Sincerely,

Bill Rakowitz General Manger 

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Dear Mr. FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai This letter is my request that you consider Mr. Charlie Cano to serve on your Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Mr. Cano’s experience will prove invaluable in making recommendations to the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access, or “broadband,” while concurrently reducing and/or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment across the United States of America. Mr. Cano is a firm believer that given how rapidly the communications sector is changing, the FCC should do everything it can to ensure that its rules reflect the realities of the current marketplace and basic principles of economics. Charlie will represent us soundly so that the FCC is able to proceed on the basis of consensus; good communications where proposed policies will know no partisan affiliation. I firmly believe that all the United States’ consumers as well as all serve providers will benefit from Mr. Cano’s serving on the BDAC. Respectfully, Ely Compean

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February 3, 2017

Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, I am writing to recommend Charlie Cano for a position on the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. I have the pleasure of working on the Texas Lone Star Network Board with Charlie and have known him for many years. Charlie has a wealth of knowledge and his extensive experience in rural telecommunications would be very beneficial to this committee. Charlie is the General Manager of a small rural cooperative and is dedicated to the advancement of broadband not only in the rural communities his company provides service in, but all rural areas. His diverse work experience includes working as an Outside Plant Design Engineer, a Project Manager, and Director of Sales for a national consulting firm. Working with companies of all sizes, Charlie has worked with companies of all sizes specializing in engineering and strategic planning. With his abilities, adaptability, and dedication, Charlie will be an asset to this committee as they work on a solution for broadband deployment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me 940-886-2070 Sincerely, Kirk H. Petty, CEO/GM Santa Rosa Telephone Cooperative

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Drew, Please pass this on with Charlie Cano’s request for a support letter from Bryan Hughes. I have known Charlie for over 20 years. Charlie worked for me in Lubbock right after he graduated from college. Charlie learned his craft quickly and took the lead as the engineer in charge of several projects over the years. His contribution to fiber deployment and use of state of the art transmission protocols was significant in projects all over the southwest but mostly in Texas. Charlie is uniquely qualified to help the FCC on a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. He has a deep understanding from the technical side but also from the business side of what it takes to succeed with challenging projects. Projects that are both challenging from the remote and rugged terrain but also challenging to make cost effective and self-sustaining from a business perspective. Coupling these qualifications with a very strong set of ethics and extensive community involvement and I believe Charlie would be someone that would make us all proud if he secured this position on the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. Steven Steven Steele, PE General Manager/CEO Peoples Office 903-763-2214 steven.steele@gopeoples.net www.peoplescom.net

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CLOSING STATEMENT Appointment of Charlie Cano to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Council will add a voice committed to the deployment of broadband in rural America. Cano brings expertise, experience and operational focus to the Advisory Council Team, as referenced by the numerous endorsements included in this application. 35

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