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Admitted to Practice

  • Maryland, 2000
  • District of Columbia, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit, 2012


  • French
  • Spanish

Danielle Frappier

Chair, Communications Practice
Danielle Frappier chairs the firm’s Communications Practice Group, and is a recent member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

In her own practice, Danielle counsels tech and communications clients on the intersection of regulation and technology, including transactions for IoT (internet of things) devices and regulatory approvals of connected devices, as well as traditional regulatory counseling of wireless and wireline communications regulations.

Danielle represents many large and small tech companies, broadband internet access providers (wireless and wireline), cable operators, wireless voice operators (including MVNOs), and traditional wireline telephony providers. Additionally, she counsels entities such as marketing firms, schools, rural health care providers, and other companies whose businesses may be affected by communications regulations.

Danielle is also one of the leading practitioners in the country on universal service matters, including government and private initiatives to encourage deployment of communications facilities and services to unserved and underserved areas and populations. She is a “go to” lawyer for audits and enforcement proceedings at the FCC, USAC, and state PUCs involving participation in one of the four federal USF programs (Lifeline, E-rate, Rural Healthcare, and the High Cost/CAF programs). Danielle leads the firm’s Lifeline program team and its E-rate program team. She also regularly represents clients with respect to the rules governing contribution to the universal service fund, the FCC Form 499, and associated audit defense.

Her experience also includes working with industry and governments in emerging economies to build a dynamic telecommunications sector through her transactional work, and counseling regarding the policy, legal, and regulatory reforms. 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 is also proficient in written Spanish.

Representative Experience

IoT Transactional and Regulatory

IoT - automotive

Assisting provider of after-market device installed in commercial vehicles to obtain regulatory approval of same, and mitigate associated legal and regulatory risks. (Ongoing)

IoT - wearables

Assisting provider of personal safety wearable device with associated transactions, and mitigation of associated legal and regulatory risks. (Ongoing)

RF Devices

FCC equipment approval rules

Advising multiple clients on determining whether electronic devices are subject to the extensive and often arcane FCC equipment approval rules, and if so, which rules. (Ongoing)

FCC equipment approval waivers

Obtaining FCC equipment approval licenses and associated waivers. (Ongoing)

Communications Regulatory Counseling

Cloud-based provider

Assisting cloud-based call center platform provider analyze its federal universal service obligations and coordinate approach with telco vendors. (Ongoing)

Sale of health care provider broadband network

Assisting health care provider sell broadband network and navigate associated regulatory approval processes for multiple federal funding streams. (Ongoing)

Implementation of FCC Lifeline reform order

Guiding multiple top-10 Lifeline providers through the maze of new Lifeline program rules at the federal and state levels. (Ongoing)

Future audit planning

Assists providers in revising their customer certification forms, revising customer care scripts, changing database procedures to ensure compliance and avoid future audit liability. (Ongoing)

National counsel

Acts as national counsel to multiple Lifeline ETCs, at both the state and national levels, including obtaining ETC designations for wireless and wireline carriers. (Ongoing)

Audits and Regulatory Inquiries

FCC and USAC appeals

Successfully appealed denials of E-rate, Rural Healthcare, and High Cost funding. (Ongoing)

FCC OIG, Enforcement Bureau, and USAC distribution audits

Many PQA, PIA, and audits of Lifeline, E-rate, High Cost, and Rural Health Care funding, including a statewide audit of all E-rate funding received by client. (Ongoing)

USAC contribution audits

Regularly defends clients in 499 USF contribution audits. (Ongoing)

Universal Service Funding

CAF protests

Successfully protested receipt of High Cost/CAF funding. (Ongoing)

E-rate bidding

Advising clients on all aspects of E-rate bidding rules, including crafting responses to RFPs in order to ensure compliance with E-rate rules. (Ongoing)

Pilot program - Lifeline broadband

Drafted successful application for client seeking to participate in the Lifeline broadband pilot program leading to award of $2.8 million – the largest grant of the pilot program. (Ongoing)


FCC, USAC, PUC advocacy

Advocating with key FCC, USAC, and state public utility commission personnel on a daily basis for clients participating in universal service programs. (Ongoing)

Comments and rulemaking proceedings

Regularly files comments at the FCC and state commissions to advocate for clients, and has particular expertise in the interaction between state and federal regulation of telecommunications carriers. (Ongoing)

Additional Qualifications

  • Member, Executive Committee, Davis Wright Tremaine, 2015-2017
  • Senior Legal and Regulatory Advisor, Telecommunications Management Group, Inc., Arlington, Va., 2006-2008
  • Associate, Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP, Washington, D.C., 2000-2006

Professional & Community Activities

  • Co-chair, Wireline Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association, 2015-2017
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • State Bar of Maryland
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