Green in 2013
|Occupation||Businessman and entrepreneur|
|Known for||Telecommunications companies|
|Title||Founder, CEO of Fatbeam, LLC|
|Board member of||INCOMPAS|
Greg Green is a Spokane-area based businessman and entrepreneur who got his start in the technology industry in the mid-1980s. He is the founder of Tel-West (now part of XO Communications) and OneEighty Communications (acquired by Avista Corporation and renamed Avista Communications), and the President of Fatbeam, a fiber optic networks provider.
Telecommunications industry beginnings
Green began his technology industry ventures when he formed Tel-West, a telecommunications provider of telecommunications services (a competitive access provider), in 1984. In 1995, Tel-West was acquired by NEXTLINK, a Craig McCaw owned organization. Green was an early pioneer of competitive local exchange carriers, or CLECs, after the Telecommunications Act of 1996. As President of NEXTLINK Washington, now Communications, Green was a part of the senior management team that took NEXTLINK public and raising $400 million in 1997.
After spending three more years with NEXTLINK, Green left in 1998 to found a new company, OneEighty Communications. OneEighty Communications was founded in an effort to bring telecom services to underserved markets with populations of less than 500,000. Avista Corporation saw the value in it and purchased a majority share 6 months after Green started the company. It was later renamed Avista Communications. Green stayed on with Avista Communications as its President and CEO until Avista Corp decided to sell the telecom section of its company in 2001.
He continued his work in the telecom industry by purchasing CLEC assets in the Northwest from Avista Communications. Those were later sold to Eschelon Telecom now a part of Integra Telecom.
In 2010, Green partnered with Shawn Swanby, founder and President of Ednetics (a provider of technology solutions to the education community), to create a company, Fatbeam, that would deliver high capacity fiber optic transport services to underserved markets in the education, healthcare, and government markets.
In 2015 and 2016, Green was acknowledged in Inland Business Catalyst Power 50 as one of the top fifty most influential individuals within the community.
In March 2019, Green advocated for Net Neutrality during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. During the hearing Green stated that, “In a lot of marketplaces, 70 percent of consumers only have one choice for their ISP,” he said. “We don’t believe that’s open access. People need competition, they need a landscape they can count on and investment in their own community.”
In the early 1990s, Green founded the Greg Green Foundation. The aim of this organization has been to aid communities and students in times of financial need. Over $600,000 has been donated since the foundation has started.