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

  • 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

  • Ajit Pai Offers No Data for Latest Claim That Net Neutrality Hurts Small ISPs

    Ars Technica
    December 12, 2017

    FCC Chairman Pai claims the Net Neutrality rules have harmed five small ISPs. But Free Press looked at the FCC's broadband-deployment data for these companies and found that four of them had expanded into new territory. The fifth didn't expand into new areas but it did start offering gigabit-internet service.

  • FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Sparks

    The Hill
    December 4, 2017

    The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to scrap Net Neutrality rules governing how internet providers handle web traffic has unleashed a wave of intense opposition.

  • What Actually Happens the Day Net Neutrality Is Repealed

    November 30, 2017

    On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission will vote to replace current rules enforcing Net Neutrality. Nothing short of an extinction-level event will prevent it. But before we’re resigned to fate, know that while the battle for Net Neutrality at the FCC may have been lost, the war isn’t even close to being over.

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