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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The FCC Needs to Make Broadband Affordable for Schools, Hospitals, and Businesses

Michael Calabrese wrote for Slate about the necessity of affordable broadband.


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Privacy Groups Not Saying 'Yahoo!' Over Verizon Deal

Michael Calabrese and Eric Null were quoted in Broadcasting and Cable about Verizon's proposed purchase of Yahoo.


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Promise of 5G Wireless Seen in Long-Distance Dig Before FCC Vote

Michael Calabrese was quoted in Bloomberg about the possibility of 5G Wireless.


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Turn on 5G, Turn Off Old Landlines: FCC Plans Future of Phone Networks

Michael Calabrese was quoted in Ars Technica about the FCC voting to open spectrum for 5G.


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Public Interest Advocates Meet with FCC Commissioner

Michael Calabrese was quoted in Communications Daily after a meeting with FCC Commissioner Clyburn.


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Next Administration Likely to Have to Resolve Car, Wi-Fi Dispute

Michael Calabrese was quoted in Bloomberg BNA about a dispute between the FCC and DOT over sharing the 5.9 Ghz spectrum band.


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Reverse Spectrum Auction Clearing Cost Over $86 Billion; Second Stage Expected

Michael Calabrese was quoted in Communications Daily about the FCC incentive auction.


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Spectrum Frontier

Join us as we explore this new this new spectrum frontier and what it means for consumers, emerging technologies, and service providers.


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CTIA Files To Become Spectrum Access System Administrator for 3.5 GHz Band

Michael Calabrese was quoted in Communications Daily about the providers and the 3.5 GHz shared band.


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White House Shouldn’t Tamper With Move to DSRC, Broad Coalition Says

Michael Calabrese was quoted in Communications Daily about the move to DSRC.


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Fast and Free

Wi-Fi is essential to New York City's strategy to give every resident and business access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband.


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Fast and Free

Currently Wi-Fi carries 60% to 80% of all broadband data traffic, but a new technology is threatening it's effectiveness.