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

  • Congress Puts to Rest the Great Internet Tax Hoax of 2014

    December 14, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- On Saturday, Congress passed the $1.1 trillion spending package, which includes a provision to extend a moratorium on local and state taxes for Internet sales and services. The Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), reauthorized through October 2015, bans states from imposing taxes on Internet access no matter how the FCC classifies it.
  • Free Press to the FCC: Title II Is the Only Way to Ensure Real Net Neutrality Protections

    September 16, 2014
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, Free Press told the Federal Communications Commission that Title II reclassification is a light-touch regulatory approach that will promote investment and restore legal clarity to efforts to protect Net Neutrality.
  • Chairman's New Definition for Broadband Helps Bring the FCC into the 21st Century

    September 4, 2014

    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler delivered a speech about the future of broadband at the 1776 startup campus. In his remarks, the chairman said that broadband users need Internet connections of at least 25 megabits per second — far beyond what slow DSL connections are capable of providing.  He also confirmed that users have few if any competitive options for these kinds of modern broadband services.

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

    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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