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Danielle Frappier width=Danielle Frappier is a nationally recognized expert in the federal Universal Service programs and has nearly a decade of experience with the E-rate program, including: having successfully guided a client through a multi-year, statewide audit; advocating for clients in FCC rulemaking proceedings; working with service providers and school districts to ensure full compliance in crafting their RFP responses; and assisting clients in appealing commitment adjustments (COMADs). She has also assisted clients transfer E-rate funding in the context of stock and asset deals.



K.C. HalmK.C. Halm counsels service providers on a range of legal, strategic and compliance issues arising under the E-rate program.  Working with large and small service providers he has successfully navigated clients through the complex maze of FCC regulations and USAC procedures involving: entity registrations; competitive bidding; funding disbursement processes; and transfer processes following acquisitions of companies participating in the E-rate program and those completing internal reorganizations.



Paul HudsonPaul Hudson advises both service providers and school districts on E-rate compliance, contracts, policy, PIA reviews, and appeals. He has prosecuted successful appeals of E-rate funding denials in cases before USAC and the FCC, including on issues of competitive bidding, cost-effectiveness, valid contracts, discount rates, eligibility of services, and commitment adjustments (COMADs).




Randy LoweRandy Lowe has worked on matters of E-rate funding since the inception of the Schools and Libraries program. He has advised both applicants and service providers on the rules and regulations of E-rate as well as the application process, which has required him to work with USAC and the FCC on both the mechanics of funding and the interpretation and application of those rules and regulations. He is also active before the FCC in rulemaking proceedings and related policy dicsussions that propose changes to the E-rate program.



 Tajma Rahimic Tajma Rahimic focuses her practice on telecommunications law. She advises on regulatory and transactional matters pertaining to the wireless and cable industries.





Adam ShoemakerAdam Shoemaker focuses on the legal and regulatory needs of communications clients, particularly those participating in the E-rate program before the Federal Communications Commission. He has experience with various aspects of the E-rate program, including PIA reviews, responding to RFPs, and developing effective advocacy in FCC rulemaking proceedings. Adam’s experience with the delivery of broadband services to communities in need includes a key role on a grant-writing team whose multimillion dollar proposal would create a broadband Internet infrastructure in American Samoa.



Jim SmithJim Smith has over a decade of experience with the E-rate program, advising service providers and prospective applicants on E-rate qualification, compliance and audit issues, as well as universal service contribution issues. He has advocated on behalf of clients in FCC rulemaking proceedings, and has consulted with companies and industry groups on increasing business opportunities in the program and on acquisitions of companies in the E-rate space.



Zeb ZankelZeb Zankel concentrates his practice on communications law. He counsels on a wide variety of regulatory and litigation matters in the cable, broadband, and wireless industries, and represents communications clients in universal service program proceedings before state public utility commissions.




Tanea FogliaTanea Foglia has extensive experience advising on the federal Universal Service Fund’s (USF) programs. At DWT, Tanea assists clients with various federal and state regulatory matters related to these areas as well as other telecommunications and video compliance topics. Tanea spent 10 years at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), where, among other things, she advised on relevant federal and state issues and served as the programmatic point of contact for audits and outreach. More recently she was Manager of Regulatory Affairs at John Staurulakis, Inc. (JSI), where she assisted rural wireline and wireless companies in various federal and state regulatory matters, including USF rule implementation, compliance filings and appeals.



Cathleen SchultzCathleen Schultz is a paralegal with in-depth experience with the E-rate program and a deep understanding of the compliance issues surrounding the program.  She regularly assists service providers and school districts navigate the complexities of the funding application process, program eligibility criteria, and PIA reviews. She has also been extensively involved in preparing successful appeals of E-rate funding denials in cases before the USAC and the FCC.