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

  • Trump's FCC Chairman Builds Case Against Net Neutrality on a Mountain of Lies

    April 26, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will unveil his plan to undermine open internet protections during an invitation-only speech sponsored by FreedomWorks, a right-wing activist group funded in part by contributions from major phone and cable companies and their trade groups.
  • 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.”

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