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.
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