Jason Cohen, CEO, Comvid Communications
Mr. Cohen is a veteran communications industry Executive with over 30 years’ experience developing and operating new fiber optic, bulk communications transport, data center, and technology businesses. He has extensive experience designing and building multiple fiber optic network businesses including long haul networks, regional networks, metropolitan area networks, trans-Atlantic networks, data centers and backhaul networks for the carrier industry.
Mr. Cohen has held Board Advisory and CEO roles at Optical Communications Group, a facilities based telecommunications provider founded in 1998. OCG owns and operates one of the largest private fiber optic networks in the New York Metro area offering both dark fiber and managed bandwidth services. Mr. Cohen also serves on the board of Oceanic Data Centers which is developing data center campuses in the Southeast US.
Mr. Cohen co-launched Allied Fiber in 2008 serving as the company’s President and COO until 2015 when the Southeast routes were completed. Under his guidance, Allied Fiber developed a new longhaul business model for neutral dark fiber and colocation throughout the US. In addition to launching the Southeast, Mr. Cohen also completed numerous railroad and private rights of way agreements enabling the company to also construct hundreds of miles of new duct throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic US.
In 1996, Mr. Cohen founded and launched KeySpan Communications which was re-named Lightower Fiber Networks. Mr. Cohen built and managed the company from a startup until it was acquired in 2008, developing its current US metro, long-haul and trans-Atlantic based operations. Mr. Cohen has degrees from the University of Rochester in Electrical and Optical Engineering, and extensive experience in finance, network construction, industrial management, and contract development. He developed and owns US Patents in Video on Demand used by the cable television and IPTV industry for DVR based VOD systems and Electric Power Turbine Control Systems used by the utility industry for real time heat rate in multi-turbine power grids.