John Evans founded Evans Communications System after his career in the Navy, starting with two radio licenses in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1972 he became a regional manager of the largest operating region of the predecessor of the Time Warner company, and eventually took the job of chief operating officer for Arlington Cable Partners. As an investor in the company, he helped build the first cable system in the Washington D.C. area, but he is perhaps best known for his role in co-founding the public affairs cable network C-SPAN. He has continued to be very active in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable and the Internet, such as serving on the board of Internet2. In 2013, Evans was named as Industry representative to the board of Trustees of the Digital Preservation Network.