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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
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
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
Nationwide Programmatic Agreements (New Tower Submission Packet)

Federal Communications Commission's new tower packet for applicants looking to erect a new tower or add an antenna to an existing one.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Federal Communications Commission
Nationwide Programmatic Agreements

List of programmatic agreements between the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and Federal agencies to expedite the Section 106 review process. These programmatic agreements cover a myriad of agencies and topics and allow certain aspects of the Section 106 process to be bypassed if certain criteria are met.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Nationwide Programmatic Agreement (Collocation Submission Packet)

Federal Communications Commission's collocation packet for applicants seeking to erect a new tower.

Licensing Policies and Procedures Federal Communications Commission
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
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
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
Rights of Way Utilities Information

General information and guidance on Department of Transportation rights of way for stakeholders to understand the concept of highway rights of way.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Department of Transportation

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