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Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Adam Shoemaker


Adam Shoemaker focuses on the legal and regulatory needs of communications clients that participate in the four Universal Service programs at the federal and state level.

Adam has deep experience in assisting clients navigate the complex rules and practical realities associated with the Lifeline program, which helps provide telephone service to low-income Americans. Adam has drafted and filed designation petitions and advocacy comments throughout the country for wireless eligible telecommunications carriers (“ETCs”). Adam also works with organizations participating in the federal E-rate program, which supports reduced-cost broadband services for schools and libraries. 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 Connect America Fund includes filing numerous successful challenges to applications for Universal Service support in territories served by his clients, as well as helping clients participating in the Rural Broadband Experiment program. Adam has also assisted clients seeking support to provide telecommunications services through the federal Rural Healthcare program.

Adam’s experience with the delivery of broadband services to communities in need includes a key role on a grant-writing team for a multimillion-dollar proposal designed to create a broadband Internet infrastructure in American Samoa.

Representative Experience

Lifeline ETC designation and FCC compliance plans

Part of a team that acts as national counsel to multiple Lifeline ETCs, at both the state and national levels, in over 25 states. Drafts ETC applications and guides clients through multiple stages of proceedings until ETC designation is granted. Guides Lifeline providers through new Lifeline program rules, assists providers in revising their customer certification forms, and works with tax and advertising practitioners, among others, to address ETC clients’ legal and regulatory needs. (Ongoing)

Connect America Fund

Works with clients to challenge competitors seeking federal support for new broadband infrastructure in territory already served by clients. (Ongoing)

E-rate advice and advocacy

Assists clients participating in the federal E-rate program in obtaining support, responding to regulatory inquiries, and advocating for continued and expanded federal E-rate support for telecommunications and broadband services for schools and libraries. (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

  • Board member, Rotary Club of Dupont Circle
  • Volunteer reading tutor, 826DC
  • Adjunct instructor, St. Albans School of Public Service
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