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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.


Danielle Frappier width=Katori Copeland counsels telecommunications providers on compliance and regulatory issues related to wireless infrastructure and the Universal Service Fund. Before joining DWT, Katori served as counsel at the Universal Service Administrative Company, where she oversaw compliance and risk related to administration of the federal universal service programs.




Christopher Cook concentrates his practice on communications and technology law. He counsels telecommunications carriers, cable companies, and VoIP providers on all aspects of communications law and regulation. Chris represents telecommunications industry clients before federal agencies, state public utility commissions, and local governments. He has a strong background in the industry, particularly in broadband policy and infrastructure deployment, having previously worked on the Connect America and Lifeline teams as an Attorney Advisor with the Wireline Competition Bureau at the FCC. Chris is also experienced in a variety of other matters, from mergers and acquisitions to policy, regulatory, and competition matters.


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).




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.