John Foley

John Foley

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John Foley has held key business development, operations, engineering and executive roles at companies such as Level 3 Communications, MFS, and MCI. John was a co-founder of XO Communications where he was VP of Operations and Engineering, and later VP of International Network Development. John led dark fiber provider City Signal Communications in the position of President and CEO. City Signal was acquired by Cavalier Telephone in 2005.

Most recently John served as Capture Director for specialty construction firm H&M NetWorks. John was key in building the teams, processes, and systems that moved H&M into a leadership position in the Distributed Antenna / In-Building Wireless space and led the development of the plan for H&M’s entrance into the small cell construction and maintenance arenas. John’s project and technical experience with Public Safety communications systems includes work with DAS and 2-way radio systems deployed in courthouses in California and Ohio.

As a Management Expert Witness for telecommunications regulatory actions, Mr. Foley has extensive experience testifying before PA PUC, FCC, Dept. of Justice, and the PA State Attorney General’s Office.

John’s interest in Public Safety began when he earned EMT certification in Pennsylvania in 1975 while working as an ambulance driver and EMT with a Philadelphia-based ambulance company. His family has a long-standing law-enforcement and fire-fighter tradition. His grandfather Joseph Foley was a Philadelphia police office, as was Joe’s brother Vincent who was killed in the line of duty, End of Watch: Sunday, March 20, 1949. He has several family members who are firemen in the Philadelphia fire department.

His brother Michael was also a Philadelphia police officer and his son Sean continues the tradition today, twice decorated as policeman of the year. He patrols the streets of Philadelphia wearing his late uncle Michael’s badge number.

“Public safety communications is a very personal subject for me”, Foley states. “First Responders head into danger while others naturally flee. We have a duty and an obligation to ensure they have the best chance of coming home to their families every day. Professionally designed, deployed, certified, and maintained public safety communications systems are a critical tool in protecting the lives of First Responders and those they protect.”