WashingTECH Policy Podcast with Joe Miller

The WashingTECH Policy Podcast is your resource for media and tech law and policy news and interviews. Each week, the WashingTECH Policy Podcast gives you the latest developments in media and tech law & policy, as well as an interview with an influencer in the media and technology sectors, whether they be policymakers, entrepreneurs, politicians or academics. Listen to the WashingTECH Policy podcast to get a quick update in the car, at the gym, between flights, wherever and whenever you need a quick summary of the media and tech policy news and thought leadership driving the week.
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Jan 26, 2016

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.


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

Open Technology Institute 


Jan 19, 2016

Wendy Rivera-Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Multicultural Education Alliance and Principal Attorney at the Rivera-Aguilar Law Firm, P.A. in Orlando Florida.  Wendy has a strong public interest track record and a solid background in Civil Rights, Administrative Law, and Public Policy.

She was an Assistant General Counsel for a National Regulatory Firm where her portfolio included Foreign Ownership Investment​ Reform.  She also served as Staff Counsel and Director of Hispanic Affairs for Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC).

While at MMTC, Wendy’s work was primarily focused on communication issues that have the greatest impact on the Hispanic community and women entrepreneurs. She launched their very first Immigration Reform Initiative to help generate support for comprehensive immigration reform from the large media, telecom, and broadband companies.

​​Prior to joining MMTC, Wendy worked as an Associate Attorney at the law firm of Hill & Ponton, P.A., where she practiced Administrative Law. Wendy is an ardent defender of civil rights and commits legal services pro bono to the community. She was a Participating Attorney for the Florida State Conferences Branch of the NAACP where her work covered Employment Discrimination, Energy, and Environmental Policy issues.​

Wendy has a solid record of active participation in the community. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Orange County Advisory Board, sits on the board of Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO), chairs Dialogue on Diversity’s Entrepreneurship IT Conference Committee, and is a contributing writer for Politic365.

Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Florida and lives in Orlando with her husband and children.

In this episode we discussed

  • HOW Wendy brought her personal story to her policy work and WHY you should do the same.


Multicultural Education Alliance


Aspire to Inspire

Hispanic Council for Reform in Educational Options (HCREO)

Intentional Living: Choosing a Life that Matters by John C. Maxwell

Federal STEM Education Data Set

Jan 12, 2016
My Distinguished guest today is New York City Council Member Benjamin J. Kallos—Kallos Represents District 5 in the City of New York: Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side.
Kallos has spent his entire political career fighting for New Yorkers. As a member of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council he rose to the position of Statewide Coordination Committee Chair, organizing and managing over 4,000 attorneys and 350 law students, to protect New Yorkers’ ability to vote in the most recent presidential elections. Kallos also created the program to help protect the right to vote for over 12 million New Yorkers when he learned that some 2 millions voters had been removed from the voter roles.
As a member of Community Board 8 he rose to the position of Co-Chair for the Communications Committee, implementing open source technology  to reduce waste and save the City thousands, publicizing the open application process and opportunities to become a public member.
Kallos attended SUNY Albany, where he served on the studentfaculty and university governments and boards. Kallos paid his own way through University at Buffalo Law School, the State University of New York’s only law school.
During law school Kallos fought to protect working class seniors who had seen their life savings and retirements lost. Kallos became increasingly involved in public service as an Editor for the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal and interned with the Hon. Renee Forgensi Minarik in the New York State Court of Claims, a regional office of United States Senator Charles Schumer, and the New York State Attorney General’s Internet Bureau.
In this episode we discussed
  • What is "Open Government"?
  • Legislation and initiatives in New York City focused on keeping government open.
  • Best practices for engaging communities and empowering citizens with tools to be active participants in their governments.
Free Law Founders
OpenGov Foundation
NYC Council Labs
The City Record Online
Participatory Budgeting in New York City
Getting Things Done
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard B. Thaler Cass B. Sunstein
Jan 5, 2016

Ms. Laura Berrocal has a decade of experience working in strategic alliance and partnership building at both the national and local level. She currently serves as Director of External Affairs at CTIA, where she manages the association’s grassroots, grasstops and third party relationships and develops communications strategies to educate communities about CTIA’s work across the wireless and tech sector.

Prior to CTIA, she served as Vice President of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs for Net Communications, where she led the development and implementation of comprehensive legislative, business development, and communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies and industry trade associations spanning the tech, telecom, media, health, and energy sectors. In previous roles with the Pennsylvania State Senate and national and international organizations such as the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, the National Puerto Rican Coalition, and Third World Network, Ms. Berrocal has provided public policy counsel in the areas of technology, minority entrepreneurship, energy, education, and health, as well as developed results-driven communications and educational campaigns.

Ms. Berrocal has appeared as a guest on HuffPost Live and Fusion TV and her work has been featured in publications such as Minority Engineer Magazine, Fox News Latino, and Politic365. Ms. Berrocal serves as a Contributing Writer to media company Silicon Valley Latino and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. She also serves as an advisor to Intuit’s Latino Outreach Advisory Group and a member of its Diversity and Inclusion Work Group.

She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.

In this episode we discussed

  • How the tech and wireless sectors stack up when it comes to diversity and inclusion
  • Why building tech skills NOW can help avoid regret later on
  • The critical role of spectrum in wireless competition
  • The single most important success factor Laura has maintained, no matter what



Michael Mandel, The California/Tech Info Boom: How it is Spreading Across the State (Progressive Policy Institute, 2015).

Jennie Allen, Restless: Because You Were Made for More (Thomas Nelson, 2014)