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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
Title Description Function Resource Type Responsible Agency
SF299 - Application for Transportation and Utility Systems and Facilities on Federal Lands

Application for Transportation and Utility Systems and Facilities on Federal Lands

Multiple Tools and Templates General Services Administration
Endangered Species Act - Threatened & Endangered Species Range Maps

Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect threatened or endangered species ranges. This will allow for applicants to ensure that they are aware of where these lands intersect with their deployment plans.

Permitting Tools and Templates Fish and Wildlife Service
Government Accountability Office Report: Planning and Flexibility are Key to Effectively Deploying Broadband Conduit through Federal Highway Projects

Any state looking to deploy broadband infrastructure and trying to develop Dig Once and similar policies could use this Government Accountability Office report, which reviews the benefits of a Dig Once policy.

Permitting Case Studies Department of Transportation
Federal Communications Commission Environmental Assessment in the Antenna Structure Registration System

Full description of what an environmental assessment entails and all necessary components/requirements.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Federal Communications Commission
Bureau of Land Management Obtaining a Rights of way on Public Lands Brochure

Flyer on Bureau of Land Management Rights of way program for applicants. This flyer explains when a rights of way is needed and when it is not needed. It also explains the process of applying for a rights of way with Bureau of Land Management.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Land Management Geocommunicator

Map demonstrating authorized activities on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Land Management Communications Site Plan of Development Outline

Outline of a site development plan for applicants to rights of ways on Bureau of Land Management land. The outline will guide applicants through the process of applying to utilize Bureau of Land Management land.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
Assessment of Fees and Recovery of Costs for Antennas of Federal Agencies and Public Service Organizations

General Services Administration document detailing fees for applicants. The publication of this material is developed to create a more predictable investment environment for antenna placement on federally owned buildings.

Leasing Policies and Procedures General Services Administration
Applicant Guidance for Department of Commerce Environmental Checklist

Helpful guidelines and checklist for BIP and BTOP applicants on completing the National Environmental Policy Act review when installing fiber or siting a tower

Multiple Tools and Templates Department of Commerce
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Prototype Programmatic Agreement Guidance

Prototype programmatic agreement to help Federal agencies create their own programmatic agreements. This can assist in instances where the same type of installation is done in similar areas.

Multiple Tools and Templates Advisory Council on Historic Preservation


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