William G. McGowan on Top of Microwave Tower
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During his 24 years as the head of MCI, William McGowan expanded the company from a struggling local radio service to a $9.5 billion telecommunications giant. His impact was felt throughout American and international business, particularly in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, technology, and the creation of a competitive market in the telecommunications industry. More than any one individual, William McGowan brought about the breakup of AT&T and fundamentally changed the telecommunications revolution.