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

  • Senate Republicans Launch Effort to Let Cable Companies Snoop on People's Private Information

    March 7, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R–Arizona), joined by 21 Republican senators including Mike Lee (R–Utah), Rand Paul (R–Kentucky), Marco Rubio (R–Florida) and John Thune (R–South Dakota), introduced a resolution of disapproval that would overturn the landmark broadband-privacy rules the FCC adopted in 2016.
  • FCC Delays Data-Security Rule, Begins Dismantling Broadband-Privacy Protections

    March 1, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission voted 2–1 to stay one of the agency’s broadband-privacy rules adopted in October 2016 and scheduled to take effect tomorrow, March 2. The rule in question merely requires internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to “take reasonable measures” to protect customers’ personal information “from unauthorized use.”
  • Donald Trump's FCC Chairman Spreads More Alternative Facts About Net Neutrality

    February 28, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, spoke at a broadband-industry conference and falsely claimed that Net Neutrality protections contribute to uncertainty in the marketplace and a decline in industry investments in networks.

In the News

  • Telecom Policy Tilts in Favor of Industry Under Trump's FCC

    Associated Press
    March 20, 2017

    Trumpism is slowly taking hold on your phone and computer as newly installed federal regulators begin chipping away at hard-fought protections on privacy and competition.

  • Data for Sale

    March 10, 2017

    Internet privacy rules just got a step closer to being rolled back. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday added his name to the list of co-sponsors of a resolution that would undo FCC rules preventing broadband internet providers from collecting certain kinds of customer information.

  • Republicans Aim to Roll Back Online Privacy Protections

    Silicon Beat
    March 10, 2017

    Republicans in Washington are showing they really don’t care much about your online privacy.

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