Ep 48: On Which New Front will Net Neutrality be Assaulted Next? with Matt Wood
My guest today is Matt Wood (@mattfwood)—Policy Director at Free Press. Matt helps shape Free Press’ 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.
In this episode, we discussed:
- how the telecom sector is likely to respond to the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision to uphold the FCC’s net neutrality rules.
- legislative approaches and emerging business models which are potentially harmful to net neutrality principles despite the ruling.
- how the relationship between traditional civil rights organizations and progressive groups is likely to evolve following ruling.
U.S. Telecom v. FCC (D.C. Cir. 2016)