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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 Description Function Resource Typesort descending Responsible Agency
Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Rural Interstate Corridor Communications Study

Federal agencies can utilize this Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration report to identify best practices and lessons learned from three different rural communications projects that may help coordinate the broadband deployment process.

Permitting Case Studies Department of Transportation
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
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
US Forest Service Manual, Chapter 2700 "Zero Code"

U.S. Forest Service Manual chapter that explains the special uses management of U.S. Forest Service lands. This will provide applicants for U.S. Forest Service land use with a background of the authorities provided to U.S. Forest Service.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
US Forest Service Handbook - Chapter 50 Standard Forms and Supplemental Causes (wo2709.11_50.doc)

Chapter in the U.S. Forest Service Handbook that discusses all authorizations that involve fiber optic facilities on U.S. Forest Service lands and all of the forms that apply.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
US Forest Service Handbook - Chapter 30 Fee Determination (2709.11_30.doc)

Chapter in the U.S. Forest Service handbook that details the U.S. Forest Service ability and method for fees for utilizing U.S. Forest Service lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
US Forest Service Handbook - Chapter 20 Cost Recovery (wo2709.11_20.doc)

Chapter in the U.S. Forest Service handbook that details the U.S. Forest Service ability and method for cost recovery for utilizing U.S. Forest Service lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
US Forest Service Handbook - Chapter 10 Applications and Authorization Processing (wo2709.11_10.doc)

The objectives of the U.S. Forest Service special uses application and authorization process are to:
1. Provide timely responses to proponents and applicants requesting use of National Forest System lands.
2. Provide a consistent decision-making process for special use applications.
3. Ensure that authorizations to use and occupy National Forest System lands are in the public interest (36 CFR part 251, Subpart B).
4. Ensure that authorizations to use and occupy National Forest System lands comply with Forest land and resource management plans.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
Department of Commerce National Environmental Policy Act Categorical Exclusions for broadband deployment

Listing of categorical exclusions that preclude applicants from carrying out a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act review, if certain criteria are met.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Department of Commerce
US Code Title 16 - Conservation: Chapter 1 - National Parks, Military Parks, Monuments, and Seashores; Subchapter 1 - National Park Service

Policies and procedures for obtaining permits on National Parks Service lands

Permitting Policies and Procedures National Parks Service

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