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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 Type Responsible Agency
Government Units

Mapping database to assist in developing a broadband deployment plan. This site can also help identify areas that are in need of coverage.

Leasing Tools and Templates Department of Interior
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
Bureau of Land Management's Regulations found at 43 CFR 2800

Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) regulations for Bureau of Land Management lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures 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
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
Listing of Cities by Population Strata (Corresponds with Bureau of Land Management Rental Fee Schedule)

This chart coincides with rental fee schedule on Bureau of Land Management land. It can be utilized to create a more defined and certain investment environment on utilizing Bureau of Land Management land.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
Geonames

Geographical database that shows landmark names, can be utilized to identify critical landmarks that may impede broadband deployment.

Multiple Tools and Templates Department of Interior
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Office of Federal Agency Programs Agency Staff Assignment

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Federal staffing assignment list to help Federal agencies locate their Advisory Council on Historic Preservation point of contact easily.

Multiple Tools and Templates Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
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

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