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

In the News

  • FCC Plan to Relax Media Ownership Limits Likely to Be Challenged

    Bloomberg
    October 30, 2017

    An ambitious Federal Communications Commission plan to kill a raft of limits on media companies’ reach is likely to wind up in court.

  • FCC Chair Ajit Pai's Silence on Trump Tweets Speaks Volumes

    Wired
    October 13, 2017

    President Donald Trump's war of words with the press escalated again Wednesday when he suggested challenging, or revoking, the broadcasting licenses of stations that air network-news programming. The response from the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission: silence.

  • Trump Threatens NBC Over Nuclear Weapons Report

    The New York Times
    October 11, 2017

    President Trump threatened to use the federal government’s power to license television airwaves to target NBC in response to a report by the network’s news division that he contemplated a dramatic increase in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

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