On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law. Title 41 of the FAST Act (FAST-41) (42 U.S.C. § 4370m) created a new governance structure, set of procedures, and funding authorities designed to improve the timeliness, predictability, and transparency of the Federal environmental review and authorization process for covered infrastructure projects.
Environmental Review & Authorization Inventory
The Federal Environmental Review and Authorization Inventory is a comprehensive spreadsheet searchable database containing detailed information on various permitting, review, and approval processes conducted by Federal agencies that may be required for infrastructure projects, including NEPA and other interagency reviews. For each included permit or review, the inventory offers such information as its description, activities that trigger it, and links to applicable statutes and regulations. The inventory can also be sorted by infrastructure sector and/or responsible agency.
The Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) Toolkit offers one location for agencies, developers, and industry stakeholders to work together on State and Federal bulk transmission and renewable energy regulatory processes by using a wiki environment to share permitting guidance, regulations, contacts, and other relevant information.
The Broadband Inventory provides a central repository of documents and information relevant to the development and Federal permitting and review of broadband projects, including applications, forms, lease agreements, policies and procedures, and process documents. Although the majority of this documentation is also housed on agency-specific websites, this centralized document inventory will ease the burden on wireless providers, public safety, and other project sponsors or applicants who undergo Federal reviews prior to broadband deployment.
The Broadband Map displays all GSA-owned buildings and lands, with point of contact information, where a commercial antenna installation might be sited. It also contains several layers of data useful to broadband deployment, providing visibility into sensitive resources such as the location of National Parks, protected wilderness areas, and lands of tribal significance.