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Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Adam Shoemaker

Adam Shoemaker, CIPT, focuses his practice on a broad array of needs for clients providing technology-enabled services, including telecommunications carriers, cable operators, broadband internet service providers, and media companies. Adam provides practical advice, strategic guidance, and effective advocacy in significant Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) rulemaking proceedings and enforcement actions, particularly those centered on the FCC’s Universal Service Fund (“USF”) programs, broadband consumer privacy, and the FCC’s Open Internet rules.

Adam uses his deep knowledge of the federal USF Lifeline, E-rate, and Rural Healthcare programs to advise and advocate for clients during all stages of their participation, both as beneficiaries and contributors to the USF. He has assisted wireless eligible telecommunications carriers (“ETCs”) apply for ETC designation, submitted advocacy comments throughout the country, and has guided clients through Lifeline and E-rate audits.

Adam also advises clients on regulatory questions surrounding domestic and international mergers and acquisitions of telecommunications companies, including navigating approval processes at the FCC and the interagency Team Telecom review. In addition, Adam also has experience with the delivery of broadband services to communities in need: he played a key role writing a multimillion-dollar grant proposal for an international project designed to create a broadband Internet infrastructure in American Samoa.

Adam has presented in numerous webinars and is a regular contributor to DWT’s Lifeline, E-rate, and Open Internet blogs.

Representative Experience

Guidance on Open Internet issues

Providing guidance on complying with various aspects of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, including drafting broadband transparency disclosures for several internet service providers. (Ongoing)

Broadband privacy guidance

Developing guidance and practical implementation checklists for information security programs and related obligations under the FCC’s broadband privacy rules. (Ongoing)

Connect America Fund

Representing telecommunications and cable clients in all aspects of complex regulatory issues from obtaining Connect America Fund support to challenging competitors who seek federal support in clients’ service territory. (Ongoing)

E-rate advice and advocacy

Assisting participants in the federal Schools and Libraries (E-rate) program obtain support, responding to audits and other regulatory inquiries, and advocating for continued eligibility of services for E-rate reimbursement. (Ongoing)

Pro bono FOIA action

Representing investigative reporting organization in its suit seeking information about the enforcement of large corruption settlement reached between the U.S. government and a large multinational corporation. (Ongoing)

Acquisition of telecommunications provider

Provided research, advice, and drafted filings for an international client connected to its acquisition of a domestic provider of telecommunications services.

Lifeline ETC designation and FCC compliance plans

Part of a team acting as national counsel to multiple Lifeline ETCs at the national level and in more than 25 states. Drafting ETC applications and guiding clients through multiple stages of proceedings until ETC designation is granted. Guiding Lifeline providers through new Lifeline program rules, assisting providers in revising their customer certification forms, and working with tax and advertising practitioners, among others, to address ETC clients’ legal and regulatory needs. (Ongoing)

Additional Qualifications

  • Grant Writer and Consultant, Bluesky Communications, Pago Pago, American Samoa, 2009
  • Summer Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle and Washington, D.C., 2007, 2008
  • Summer Law Clerk, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C., 2006

Professional & Community Activities

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Board member, Rotary Club of Dupont Circle
  • Volunteer reading tutor, 826DC
  • Adjunct instructor, St. Albans School of Public Service
blog for insight and commentary on the deployment of communications infrastructure
lifeline program blog