Accomplishments of GGA

GGA has helped to secure major “wins” on a range of telecommunications and technology matters. Highlights include:

  • Amending federal spectrum policy to allow land-based wireless broadband services in the Mobile Satellite Services band
  • Adoption of the Open Internet policy
  • Instigating the first docket in 40 years to re-examine the FCC’s Sports Blackout Rule
  • Amending the primary satellite-TV statute to incentivize provision of local broadcast signals by satellite in all U.S. television markets
  • Securing federal funding support for satellite broadband deployment to high-cost, rural households
  • Successfully opposing the AT&T/T-Mobile merger
  • Winning conditions to the Comcast/NBC-Universal merger
  • Continued carriage of an independent programmer on New York City cable TV

GGA also has developed policy proposals to support affordable, residential renewable energy, including:

  • Developing the Renewable Energy through Leasing (“REAL”) Act, introduced in the U.S. House and Senate
  • Supporting continuation of California’s New Solar Home Partnership (“NSHP”)

GGA has organized and managed coalitions to support policy changes, including:

  • Founding and chairing Sports Fans Coalition, which brings together sports fans and a wide range of stakeholders, including Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Verizon, The American TV Alliance, and non-profit consumer groups to give fans a stronger voice whenever public policy impacting sports is debated in Washington, D.C. or the states. Almost 50,000 sports fans have joined the coalition, which has garnered press coverage in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, sports talk radio,, and other media outlets.
  • Founding the “Renewable Energy Access through Leasing” (REAL) coalition, including home builders, mortgage lenders, environmental groups, green building advocates, and building contractors working together in support of more affordable residential solar energy.


In addition to carrying out the advocacy efforts of his clients, David Goodfriend has drafted key documents underpinning those efforts, including:

  • Pleadings on behalf of DISH Network in opposition to the AT&T-T-Mobile merger, ultimately rejected by the government;
  • The Petition for Rulemaking and all following pleadings on behalf of Sports Fans Coalition and other consumer non-profit organizations that resulted in the first docket examining elimination of the Sports Blackout Rule in the 40-year history of that rule.
  • in support of reforming the “retransmission consent” process.