Danielle Frappier counsels communications entities regarding legal and regulatory matters, including compliance, market entry, licensing, and regulatory fees, with a particular focus on universal service matters, including contribution, and the Lifeline, E-rate, and High Cost/CAF programs.
Danielle leads the firm's Lifeline program team
, and is deeply involved in policy, legal and business matters for her clients at both the federal and state levels. She represents multiple top-10 eligible telecommunications carriers ("ETCs"). She has obtained ETC designations and assisted with regulatory compliance for clients in over 25 states. At the federal level, Danielle advocates for Lifeline ETCs on a daily basis before the FCC and the program administrator, USAC.
She is also a co-chair of the firm’s E-rate program team
. She represents many large and small providers of E-rate services, such as cable operators, telecommunications providers, and equipment suppliers. Her experience in E-rate includes successfully guiding a client through a multi-year audit of its E-rate funding, appealing denials of funding, and responding to PIA reviews. Danielle was heavily involved in the FCC’s recent E-rate modernization proceeding in which she represented multiple stakeholders that successfully influenced the final rules that were adopted.
Danielle is a "go to" lawyer for USAC audits of Lifeline, E-rate and High Cost disbursements, as well as audits of universal service contributions (USF fees and FCC Form 499 reporting). She assists many large and small entities navigate the byzantine USF contribution rules and requirements.
Her experience also includes designing and managing comprehensive regulatory compliance programs for multiple telecommunications service providers, including foreign-based carriers providing service in the United States. She also has experience in counseling the governments and operators in emerging economies regarding the policy, legal and regulatory reforms necessary to build a dynamic telecommunications sector. A native English speaker, Danielle is bilingual in French and has advised governments and operators in French-speaking Africa. Danielle holds French and U.S. citizenship. She can also read basic Spanish.