Gigabit WiFi and the 5 GHz Band with Michael Calabrese (Ep. 23)

Gigabit WiFi and the 5 GHz Band with Michael Calabrese (Ep. 23)

Michael Calabrese is director of the Wireless Future Project, which is part of The New America Foundation’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.

Mr. 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.

Mr. 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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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.

In this episode we discussed:

  • What spectrum is, how it is divided up, and the differences between licensed and unlicensed spectrum.
  • What the so-called “car band” is and why it should be shared with Wi-Fi and other unlicensed devices.

Resources:

Spectrum Silos to Gigabit WiFi by Michael Calabrese (New America Foundation, 2016)

Open Technology Institute