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McCaw joins new advisory board to help Loon go commercial

One of the most iconic figures in US mobile industry history, Craig McCaw, is one of the heavyweights whom Google has attracted to a new advisory board for its Loon unit, which is launching wireless networks which can reach remote areas using tethered balloons or ‘stratellites.’ McCaw is famous for founding the USA’s original MNO, McCaw Cellular, in the 1980s, and then selling it to AT&T in 1994 as the basis of what became AT&T Mobility. He is also known for reorganizing Nextel and turning it into a successful operator by harnessing a patchwork of low-cost spectrum; and then as a founder of WiMAX operator Clearwire. Both these companies were sold to Sprint, Nextel in 2003 and Clearwire in 2013.…

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