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.


Recent Press Statements

  • Free Press Intervenes in Court to Protect Internet Users and Preserve Net Neutrality

    September 21, 2015
    WASHINGTON — Free Press on Monday intervened with nearly two dozen advocacy groups and tech industry leaders in defense of the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality order. The groups filed a joint brief in opposition to the cable, telephone and wireless lobbying associations’ legal challenge to the FCC’s landmark Feb. 26 decision to reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecom service under Title II of the Communications Act.
  • The FCC Must Upgrade the Lifeline Program

    August 31, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, Free Press submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission as part of the agency’s proceeding to update the Lifeline program.
  • AT&T-DIRECTV Merger Still Doesn't Serve the Public Interest

    July 21, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC is poised to grant AT&T's proposed acquisition of DIRECTV. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler subsequently issued a statement confirming that he would circulate for a full Commission vote an order proposing approval of the deal.

In the News

  • Report: Setback for Comcast-Time Warner Deal

    USA Today
    April 23, 2015

    In a major setback for the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, FCC staff are recommending that the $45.2 billion deal be sent to an administrative hearing, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • 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.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good