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Broadband Inventory

The Broadband Inventory is a centralized source for published Federal broadband applications, forms, lease agreements, policies and procedures, and process documents from the 14 Federal departments, agencies, and offices that belong to the Broadband Executive Order Working Group, established by the June 14, 2012 Executive Order (E.O.) No. 13616, “Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment.” The E.O. specifically calls for increased accessibility and usability of Federal broadband documentation to help to promote and 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. Although the majority of this documentation is also housed on agency-specific websites, this central document inventory is provided to make these resources easily accessible to wireless providers, public safety, and others who undergo Federal reviews prior to broadband deployment. 

The Broadband Inventory below may be filtered by responsible agency, function, and/or resource type to help users find what they are looking for more quickly and efficiently. Below is a general explanation of each “function,” or category of Federal action, for which resources are provided:

  • 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 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensing of telecommunications towers.
  • 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.
  • Permitting:  Relates to Federal authorization or consent to perform certain activities (e.g., construction, maintenance, and/or installation) on Federal property or rights of way,
  • 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.

The “Resource types” category allows you to sort by tools and templates (e.g., checklists, online and software resources, and databases), policies and procedures (e.g., guidance or strategy documents, forms, and processes), or case studies/successes (e.g., best practices).

Title Descriptionsort descending Function Resource Type Responsible Agency
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Programmatic Agreement for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Programmatic agreement allowed Rural Utilities Services (RUS) or NTIA to award applicants BIP or BTOP grants prior to Section 106 review completion if certain criteria were met.

Multiple Policies and Procedures 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
2009-2015 Per Acre Rent Schedule

Rent schedule from Bureau of Land Management so that applicants can accurately estimate costs per acre through 2015. This provides applicants and others utilizing Rights of ways to create a a steady and consistent investment case as costs are identified for the current and forthcoming years.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
Rental Fee Schedule For Communications Uses (Calendar Year 2013)

Rental fee schedule for users of Bureau of Land Management land for 2013. This data will establish predictability in long term rent costs for users or prospective users of Bureau of Land Management land.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
Handbook for Integrating National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 Reviews

Report explains how to coordinate and streamline Section 106 and National Environmental Policy Act reviews for those involved in broadband infrastructure deployment. The coordination of these two reviews will result in a more efficient process.

Multiple Tools and Templates Council on Environmental Quality
Bureau of Land Management Rights-of-Way Pre-Application Checklist

Rights of way pre-application checklist to assist applicants through the Rights of way application process on federal land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. This checklist will increase efficiency.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Department of Agriculture Sample Programmatic Agreement

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 Tools and Templates U.S. Department of Agriculture
Sample Communications Site Management Plan

Sample U.S. Forest Service Site Management Plan for applicants to borrow from and create their own for sites on United States Forest Service land. This template will provide applicants with an efficient and easy way to complete a critical piece of the applications process for utilizing U.S. Forest Service land.

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Forest Service
Section 106 Success Stories

Section 106 review success stories that share best practices for completing the review. These documents explain the benefits of Section 106 review to the public, elected officials, Federal agencies and preservation partners. Success stories include the following: 1)African Burial GroundBridge of Lions, 2)Nine Mile Canyon, 3)Capeheart Wherry Army Housing, 4) Riverfront Expressway, 5) Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center 6) Monroe Shops, 7) Redstone Castle, Montford Point Camp
8) Walnut Street Bridge, 9) The H.I. Hunley: Completing the Journey
10) Franklin Post Office, 11) Fort A. P. Hill, 12) Spindletop Oil field
13) Maloof Site and Caltrans

Multiple Case Studies Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Director's Order #53: Special Park Uses

Special Uses document defining activities and ways to obtain permits for it on National Parks Service land.

Permitting Policies and Procedures National Parks Service

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