Paetec Goes Public
But there's a bigger story of entrepreneurial connections in telecommunications. Chesonis also worked at Rochester Telephone with Steve Dubnik, who founded Choice One Communications, which recently went private through a series of acquisitions. The company is now known as One Communications.
And there's more. Phil Yawman, also an ACC alumnus, is now CEO of Rocket Broadband Networks, which is targeting telecommunications services to tenants of apartments. Yawman used to work for Dubnik at Choice One.
Other telecom companies with ties to Rochester's telecom past: Fibertech Networks, which builds local area fiber networks, and American Fiber Systems.
Colleague Dave Tyler will be weighing in further on Rochester Tel's family tree in a future issue of the D&C. Stay tuned.