Matt Wood

Policy Director

Matt helps shape our policy team’s efforts to protect the open Internet, prevent media concentration, promote affordable broadband deployment and safeguard press freedom. He’s served as an expert witness before Congress on multiple occasions. Before joining Free Press, he worked at the public interest law firm Media Access Project and in the communications practice groups of two private law firms in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served as editor-in-chief for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, worked for PBS, and spent time at several professional and college radio and television stations. Matt earned his B.A. in film studies from Columbia University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Matt likes watching sports, riding his bicycle and talking about philosophy — just not all at the same time. Follow him on Twitter @mattfwood.

Blogs

  • Robert_McDowell

    Robert McDowell's Net Neutrality Fakery

    January 23, 2015
    Robert McDowell testified Wednesday before the Senate Commerce Committee on a fake Net Neutrality bill with a lot of flaws. McDowell’s testimony had a lot of flaws too.
  • taxes

    Claims That Real Net Neutrality Would Result in New Internet Tax Skew the Math and Confuse the Law

    December 2, 2014
    The anti-Net Neutrality crowd at the Progressive Policy Institute claims that Internet service providers and users would pay billions of dollars in new fees if the FCC reasserts its Title II authority. This is just another scare tactic designed to sink real Net Neutrality.
  • More Weasel Words from AT&T

    June 6, 2014
    Jim Cicconi's blog post about Net Neutrality accuses open Internet advocates of repeating themselves, all while trotting out the same old AT&T claims we’ve rebutted countless times before. Jim can make all the tired Groundhog Day jokes he likes, but his weasel words are the only source of confusion and repetition in this discussion.

Recent Press Statements

  • The Trouble with the Fake Net Neutrality Bills

    January 21, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the House and Senate Commerce Committees will discuss companion bills introduced by Sen. John Thune and Rep. Fred Upton. Both bills fail to even mention nondiscrimination.
  • Sprint Supports Title II, Too

    January 16, 2015
    WASHINGTON — Telecommunications provider Sprint told the Federal Communications Commission that it would support the agency's effort to reclassify Internet access under Title II of the Communications Act.
  • Free Press Builds on Mountain of Evidence Against Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

    December 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- In a filing to the Federal Communications Commission today, Free Press defended its petition to deny the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, building on the mountain of evidence already amassed against the proposed $45 billion merger. If approved, the merger would result in a communications colossus that would dominate high-speed telecommunications services in more than 60 percent of the country.

In the News

  • Why You Need to Tell the FCC to Save Net Neutrality Now

    The Nation
    May 23, 2014

    Telecom conglomerates often prevail in debates about the future of media by pretending that the issues are too complicated for Americans to understand. But there is nothing complicated about the current battle over the future of the Internet. Nor is there anything complicated about the need for citizens to rise up and defend net neutrality -- also known as the First Amendment of the Internet, because it provides the guarantee of free speech online for all.

  • How the AT&T-DIRECTV Merger Affects Consumers

    NewsHour
    May 20, 2014

    AT&T, the second largest wireless provider in the nation, announced its purchase of satellite television giant DIRECTV for nearly $50 billion. The companies said the takeover will allow for more bundling of mobile, TV and Internet plans, and they will serve a combined 26 million video users. Matt Wood of Free Press and Jim Nail of Forrester Research join Gwen Ifill to discuss the move.

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