Michael Calabrese

Director, Wireless Future Project

Michael Calabrese is director of the Wireless Future Project, which is part of New America’s Open Technology Institute. He also serves as a senior research fellow affiliated with the Asset Building Program.  Mr. Calabrese focuses on developing policies that promote pervasive connectivity, including spectrum policy reform, mobile market competition, wireless broadband deployment, and IT investment and innovation more broadly.

Calabrese currently serves as an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) since 2009. He also served as an invited expert on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) spectrum reform working group during 2011-2012. 

Calabrese also served as vice president (2003-2010) and was instrumental in establishing the organization's programs in areas including retirement security, health policy, asset building, education, and the Next Social Contract Initiative.

Previously, Calabrese served as general counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, as director of Domestic Policy Programs at the Center for National Policy, and as pension and employee benefits counsel at the national AFL-CIO.

As an attorney and graduate of both Stanford Business and Law Schools, Calabrese speaks and writes frequently on issues related to spectrum, wireless broadband, and internet policy, as well as on pension policy and retirement security. He has co-authored three books and published opinion articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, and other leading outlets.

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Key Stakeholders Support AIRWAVES Bill — for Different Reasons

OTI was cited in a Morning Consult article in reference to their support of the AIRWAVES Act, and Michael Calabrese was quoted.


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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bring High Speed Wireless to Rural America

Michael Calabrese was quoted in The Hill on the bipartisan effort to improve wireless networks in underserved rural areas.


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Your next Smartphone Might Run on Something Called LTE-U. Here's What That Means.

Michael Calabrese was cited in the Washington Post about LTE-U.


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The Next Three Billion

Join us for this half-day forum as we showcase both “moon shot” global innovations and more local, community networking strategies.


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Wireless Fiber

What spectrum access policies are needed to unlock the potential of wireless fiber to affordably connect American homes?


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Wi-Fi and Unlicensed LTE

A discussion on the impact of LTE-U on Wi-Fi and smart-city investments.


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Fueling the Broadband Economy

New America's Open Technology Institute will discuss the need for the FCC to move quickly towards real reform.


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White House Said Still Reviewing DOT Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Proposal

Michael Calabrese was quoted in Communications Daily on a White House review of a mandated vehicle-to-vehicle wireless radio safety network.


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Globalstar Problems Seen Bad Sign for Other Satellite Spectrum Deals

Michael Calabrese was quoted in Communications Daily about the Globalstar spectrum proposal.


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Wheeler Slams FCC Republicans for Voting Against Important Changes

Michael Calabrese was quoted remarking on the work of FCC Chairman Wheeler.


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Broadcasters Can't Control Incentive Prices

Communications Daily quoted Michael Calabrese on price fixing in the reverse spectrum auction.


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First 3.5 GHz Test Likely This Fall, WInnForum Says

Michael Calabrese was quoted in Communications Daily on the 3.5 GHz tests.