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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
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
National Broadband Map

Mapping software of broadband access across the country to identify areas that may need coverage the most. This will assist stakeholders in identifying possible areas for expansion of their services and network.

Multiple Tools and Templates Department of Commerce
Federal, State and Tribal Historic Preservation Programs and Officers

Contact listing for State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation contacts for easy access, quick resolution of issues, and coordination of infrastructure and utility deployment projects.

Multiple Tools and Templates Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
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
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
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
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
Federal Communications Commission TOWAIR System (Determines whether registration with the Federal Communications Commission is needed)

Federal Communications Commission system that alerts the user whether Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues exist with their attempted placement of a tower near an airport. Assists users in planning the location of broadband assets.

Licensing Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
Bureau of Land Management State Rights of way Program Contacts

Bureau of Land Management rights of way state contacts for easy coordination and conflict resolution within the application process. State, local and private stakeholders will be able to utilize this to quickly resolve any issues or questions on specific locations and regulations during the Rights of way application process.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management

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