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Broadband Inventory

On June 14, 2012, President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) No. 13616, “Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment,” to facilitate wired and wireless broadband infrastructure deployment on Federal lands, buildings, and rights of way, federally assisted highways, and tribal and individual Indian trust lands, particularly in underserved communities.  The E.O. specifically calls for increased accessibility and usability of Federal broadband documentation, to help to promote and facilitate broadband deployment.  In response, the Working Group (composed of 14 Federal departments, agencies, and offices) centralized its published Federal broadband applications, forms, lease agreements, policies and procedures, and process documents.  Although the majority of this documentation is also housed on agency-specific websites, this central document inventory will ease the burden on wireless providers, public safety, and others who  undergo Federal reviews prior to broadband deployment. 

This document inventory may be filtered by responsible agency, resource type, or function to help users find what they are looking for more quickly and efficiently.  Resource types include tools and templates (e.g., checklists, website, software, database), policies and procedures (e.g., guidance or strategy documents, forms, processes), and case studies/successes (e.g., best practices).  The “function” category includes licensing, leasing, permitting, and funding.  While Federal agency definitions vary, below is a general explanation for the purposes of this inventory

  1. Licensing: Relates to an owner giving permission to an individual or an entity to use real property (e.g., Federal asset) for a specific purpose, such as the FCC licensing of telecommunications towers
  2. Leasing:  Relates to a temporary agreement in which a Federal landlord grants a tenant the right to occupy real property (e.g., Federal land or building) for a specific timeframe, and the tenant agrees to terms and conditions set forth by the landlord
  3. Permitting:  Relates to Federal authorization or consent to perform certain activities (e.g., construction, maintenance, installation) on Federal property or rights of way
  4. Funding:  Relates to the issuance of Federal funds to non-Federal recipients for broadband-related projects and the corresponding regulations and compliance requirements attached to those funds
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Resource Resource Type Responsible Agency Description Function
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Critical Habitat for Threatened and Endangered Species Tools and Templates Fish and Wildlife Service Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect threatened or endangered species lands. This will allow for applicants to ensure that they are aware of where these lands intersect with their deployment plans. Permitting
Tower Construction Notification System (State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices) Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission Tower Construction Notification System fact sheet providing State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices with a preliminary understanding of the systems that will facilitate the Tribal and Section 106 review processes. Multiple
U.S. Department of Agriculture Sample Programmatic Agreement Tools and Templates U.S. Department of Agriculture Sample programmatic agreement to help Federal agencies create their own programmatic agreements, resulting a more efficient Section 106 and National Environmental Policy Act review processes. Multiple
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Lands Tools and Templates U.S. Department of Agriculture Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect U.S. Department of Agriculture lands. This will allow for applicants to ensure that they are aware of where these lands intersect with their deployment plans. Permitting
Why has my linear rent changed? Policies and Procedures Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management document that explains changes in linear rent. This document seeks to create a more predictable investment environment for anyone deploying broadband infrastructure in a Bureau of Land Management Rights of way. Permitting
U.S. Forest Service Regions Map Tools and Templates Fish and Wildlife Service Mapping tool for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect different U.S. Forest Service regions. This will allow for applicants to ensure that they are aware of where these lands intersect with their deployment plans. Permitting
U.S. Government Lease of Real Property: Communications Space Tools and Templates General Services Administration Lease for communications space on Federally owned buildings. Leasing
US Forest Service Manual, Chapter 2730 "Road and Trail Rights of way Grants" Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service U.S. Forest Service Manual chapter that details Road and Trail Rights of way grants. The chapter explains authorities, oversight of Rights of ways, U.S. Forest Service management of Rights of ways, and other U.S. Forest Service regulations. Permitting
US Forest Service Manual, Chapter 2720 "Special Use Administrations" Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service U.S. Forest Service Manual chapter that details U.S. Forest Service policy/authority/procedures regarding special use administrations of different structures and uses of U.S. Forest Service lands. Permitting
US Forest Service Manual, Chapter 2710 - "Special Use Authorizations" Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service U.S. Forest Service Manual chapter that details U.S. Forest Service policy/authority/procedures regarding Special use authorizations on U.S. Forest Service lands. Permitting

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