Andrew Metcalfe is the Founder and CEO of Native Network. He has extensive experience in successfully building and leading telecommunications companies. His experience in the U.S. Marine Corps, his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois and 7 years of working as a Boeing engineer prepared him for his telecommunications career. Metcalfe’s Native American heritage and experience growing up on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State provide him with a nuanced understanding of tribal communities and the challenges tribes face. In 2016, he founded Native Network to focus solely on the need to bridge the digital divide for tribes that want to become part of the 21st century telecommunications program.
From 1993 to 1999 Mr. Metcalfe was the chief engineer and architect of the network infrastructure for a Cellular One franchise in Eastern Washington, which included over 35 sites in the most rural areas of the state. This network was instrumental in positioning the sale of the company to Triton Cellular Partners in 1998 for $50.0 million.
In 1999, Andrew founded Northwest Telephone, Inc. (NTI), a Pacific Northwest regional carrier that specialized in providing wireless bachhaul and rural connectivity to the nation’s major wireless and cable companies, such as Cingular Wireless, Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Adelphia and later after consolidation, AT&T Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and Time Warner Cable. In his role as CEO/ CTO and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Metcalfe set the strategic direction, credentialed as a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC), as a model set out to provide a bundled business to business and consumer telecom offering to a primarily wholesale model after Cisco’s beta class V switching platform was a failure . By leveraging NTI’s CLEC credentials to develop an access strategy into rural central offices, he positioned NTI as the premier partner for national service providers to deliver telecommunications traffic in and out of tier 3, 4 and 5 markets in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. He also built over 1800 miles of fiber traversing the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Mr. Metcalfe led the successful sale of NTI to Zayo Group, Inc. After integrating NTI and other acquired assets, Mr. Metcalfe left Zayo and formed a consulting Company, CATTCOMM LLC and aligned himself with global consulting firm FTI Consulting, Inc. Mr. Metcalfe founded CATTCOMM to make his expertise, strategic relationships, and network of telecommunications professionals available to governments, enterprises and organizations.
CATTCOMM’s success in developing and transitioning Tulalip Tribe of Indians into its own tribally owned CLEC, – Salish Networks, LLC, and a major telecommunication infrastructure project for the Spokane Tribe of Indians, the needs and opportunities in Tribal Lands became evident to him.