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

  • Groups Petition FCC to Delay Reinstating Obsolete Loophole That Would Usher in a New Era of Media Consolidation

    May 11, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Free Press and a coalition of media-rights groups petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to stay its ruling reinstating an obsolete television-ownership rule. The rule in question, called the “UHF discount,” allows broadcasters to exceed the national ownership cap by discounting the actual population coverage of their UHF broadcast stations for purposes of calculating their stations’ reach.
  • Net Neutrality Rules and Title II Legal Authority Win Again in Court

    May 1, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sitting en banc rejected the phone and cable industry’s ongoing legal effort to kill the FCC’s 2015 Net Neutrality rules. The common-sense rules are also under attack by new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who last week announced his plan to destroy them.
  • 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.

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