Of Counsel at Lukas, Lafuria, Gutierrez & Sachs
Mr. Mitchell specializes in federal and state universal service issues with a focus on policy advocacy, applications for funding, and compliance. Mr. Mitchell has successfully represented numerous statewide and regional broadband networks seeking funding through the Rural Health Care program and in connection with the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program.
Mr. Mitchell has also represented carriers in matters relating to universal service contribution obligations, and clients participating in the Schools and Libraries (or “E-rate”) and Lifeline programs. While an attorney at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) from 2003-2010, Mr. Mitchell handled universal service contributions matters including appeals, audits, Federal Communications Commission enforcement referrals, universal service contributor delinquencies and bankruptcy.
Mr. Mitchell was the first director of beneficiary compliance audits at USAC and directed the broadband infrastructure investment program known as the Rural Health Care Pilot Program. Prior to joining USAC, Mr. Mitchell was in private practice in Washington, D.C., working in a variety of areas including antitrust, general litigation, and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Mitchell received his J.D. degree from the Georgetown University in 1997 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1993. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar, but is not currently an active member of the Commonwealth of Virginia bar.
The FCC’s Rural Health Care (RHC) Program is under strain. Demand for funding exceeded the $400M cap for the first time in 2016, and funding for 2017 is expected to be even tighter. SHLB is working with telehealth applicants, Congress, and the FCC to fund these networks, but the future of the program is uncertain. […]