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

  • Free Press: Today's FCC Ruling Will Not Stand

    December 14, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to approve the deceptively named “Restoring Internet Freedom Order.” The order dismantles the agency’s 2015 Net Neutrality rules, abdicating FCC authority over internet service providers and clearing the way for blocking, throttling and discrimination by the nation’s largest phone and cable companies.
  • Chairman Pai Tries to Rewrite Legal History of Net Neutrality with Bogus FTC Agreement

    December 11, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission released a draft “Memorandum of Understanding” (MoU) on the ways the two agencies will allegedly work together to protect internet users after the FCC guts the open-internet protections in a vote on Dec. 14.
  • Congressional Republicans Promise Yet Another Effort to Repeal Net Neutrality With No Replacement

    July 24, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, press accounts reported that Rep. Andy Biggs (R­–Arizona) plans to introduce a House companion to Sen. Mike Lee’s (R–Utah) Net Neutrality repeal bill, S. 993.

In the News

  • Republicans Just Sold Out the Internet. Now What?

    Gizmodo
    December 15, 2017

    More than 100 Republican members of Congress voiced their support for repealing the Net Neutrality rules in a letter circulated a day before the vote, giving their constituents — who are overwhelmingly opposed to this decision — little or no time to respond. Democrats vehemently opposed the vote, condemning what many portrayed as a power grab by the nation’s largest telecommunications companies: AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast chief among them.

  • Net Neutrality Activists to Ajit Pai: See You in Court

    ThinkProgress
    December 15, 2017

    The FCC passed a motion, as expected, to repeal Net Neutrality rules — ignoring the millions of Americans who voiced their disapproval, along with several major companies, like Netflix, Twitter, and reddit, along with hundreds of other online companies that have objected to the repeal.

  • State Attorneys General Line Up to Sue FCC Over Net Neutrality Appeal

    Ars Technica
    December 15, 2017

    Attorneys general from across the country will sue the Federal Communications Commission in an attempt to reverse the repeal of Net Neutrality rules.

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