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Unfinished Business in the RHC Program

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Jan 29, 2020 12:31 PM

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Jeff Mitchell
Attorney @Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
Jeff Mitchell has been practicing telecommunications law since 1999 with a practice that now specializes in federal and state broadband policies and regulatory compliance. Jeff has successfully represented numerous statewide broadband healthcare networks that obtained federal funding through the Department of Commerce and the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Rural Health Care Program. Jeff has represented program participants in audits and recent FCC enforcement actions in the Rural Health Care program and advises numerous program participants regarding program compliance. Jeff advocates for a regional network trade association on federal broadband policy and has assisted the Schools Health Libraries & Broadband (SHLB) Coalition to influence FCC efforts to reform the Rural Health Care and E-rate programs. Jeff previously held various positions at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
Gina Spade
Attorney and Founder @Broadband Legal Strategies, LLC
Gina Spade spent 13 years at the Federal Communications Commission and more than a decade working on universal service programs, including E-rate and the Rural Health Care programs. For more than six years, she managed the policy side of the E-rate team in the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB), as an assistant and then deputy division chief in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division. Her major accomplishments during that time include the 2010 Sixth Report and Order, the Learning on the Go pilot project, and was an advisor on the National Broadband Plan. She also oversaw the release of more than a thousand appeals, including major orders such as Bishop Perry. Most recently, Gina was the deputy chief financial officer for USF program oversight in the Office of the Managing Director (OMD) at the FCC. In that role, she oversaw the Universal Service audit program and the Payment Quality Assurance program for all universal service programs, including E-rate and Rural Health Care.