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  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Adam Shoemaker


Adam Shoemaker focuses on the legal and regulatory needs of communications clients before the Federal Communications Commission and state public utility commissions. He has drafted and filed designation petitions and advocacy comments throughout the country for wireless eligible telecommunications carriers (“ETCs”) seeking to participate in the Lifeline program, which helps provide telephone service to low-income Americans. As a part of the firm’s Lifeline program team, Adam has wide experience in assisting ETC clients navigate the complex rules and practical realities associated with the Lifeline program at the state and federal levels.

Adam also works with organizations participating in the federal E-rate program. 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.

Representative Experience

ETC designation and FCC compliance plans

Part of a team that acts as national counsel to multiple top-10 Lifeline ETCs, at both the state and national levels, in over twenty-five states. Drafts ETC applications and guides clients through multiple stages of proceedings until ETC designation is granted. (Ongoing)

Regulatory compliance

Guiding multiple top-10 Lifeline providers through new Lifeline program rules at the federal and state levels. Assists providers in revising their customer certification forms. Works with tax and advertising practitioners, among others, for ETC clients’ regulatory needs. (Ongoing)

Obtaining universal service funding

Assisting in drafting an application for a client seeking to participate in the Lifeline broadband pilot program. (Ongoing)


Regularly drafts and files comments at the FCC and state commissions to advocate for ETC clients. (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
blog for insight and commentary on the deployment of communications infrastructure
lifeline program blog

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