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Morgan O'Brien

AKA Morgan E. O'Brien

Born: c. 1944

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Attorney

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Founder of Nextel

After more than a decade working as a telecommunications lawyer in private practice and for the Federal Communications Commission's mobile radio service section, Morgan O'Brien founded Fleet Call in 1987, in partnership with investment banker Brian D. McAuley. Using O'Brien's intricate knowledge of radio law to pinpoint gaps in regulation, Fleet Call purchased more than a hundred small-scale mobile radio services previously used mostly for taxi-cab dispatch, and pieced together mobile phone systems for Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and other large American cities. In the 1990s Fleet Call obtained regulatory approval from the FCC to reconfigure the entire 800 MHz band, with funding from Motorola and a billion-dollar investment from Craig McCaw, enabling modern cell-phone communications. Fleet Call was renamed Nextel in 1993, and merged into Sprint as Sprint Nextel in 2005.

Wife: Belle Brooks O'Brien (two sons)
Son: Brooks O'Brien
Son: Aidan O'Brien

    High School: St. Anselm's Abbey School, Washington, DC (1962)
    University: BA Classical Studies, Georgetown University (1966)
    Law School: JD, Northwestern University

    Washington Business Hall of Fame
    Wireless Hall of Fame
    Cyren Call Communications Co-Founder & CEO ()
    Member of the Board of SquareLoop (2006-)
    Member of the Board of Global Telecom & Technology (2006-)
    Nextel Co-Founder (1987)
    Member of the Board of Nextel (1987-2008); Chairman (1987-95)
    Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue to Partner (1986-90)
    US Official FCC Private Radio Bureau (1976-79)
    US Official FCC Spectrum Management for Mobile Services (1972-76)
    US Official FCC Common Carrier Bureau (1970-72)
    Bush-Cheney '04


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