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

Recent Press Statements

  • Proposed Congressional Resolution Against Net Neutrality Defies Will of Internet Users

    April 13, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia introduced a resolution of disapproval to overrule the FCC's Net Neutrality order. Thirteen other Republican members of Congress joined Collins on the resolution.
  • Net Neutrality One Step Closer to Becoming the Law of the Land

    April 13, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, the Office of the Federal Register published the Net Neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission adopted in February. The publication of the rules bring real Net Neutrality protections closer to becoming official, but it also will trigger additional lawsuits from opponents of the open Internet.
  • FCC Releases Net Neutrality Rules to Protect Internet Users, Stop Blocking and Discrimination Online

    March 12, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday morning, the FCC released the rules and the text of the Open Internet Order it voted to approve on Feb. 26. The document provides the complete details on the agency's plan to reclassify broadband access under Title II of the Communications Act — the step needed to provide real Net Neutrality protections for Internet users, promote competition, access, and choice, and stop any phone and cable company plans to block, throttle and discriminate against online content.

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.

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