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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
Tower Construction Notification - Participating State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices

List of participating State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices for the Tower Construction Notification System . This will facilitate the tribal and historic review process for applicants.

Licensing Tools and Templates 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
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
State Rights of Way Manuals

Listing of states' rights of way manuals to easily and quickly identify rules and regulations in a certain state. This listing allows other states insight into how Rights of ways are handled elsewhere.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Department of Transportation
Bureau of Land Management Geocommunicator

Map demonstrating authorized activities on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
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
Civic Infrastructure

Mapping database to assist in identifying possible Federal or state owned assets for use in broadband deployment.

Leasing Tools and Templates Department of Interior
Smart Location Database

Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas that project may intersect General Services Administration properties.

Permitting Tools and Templates Environmental Protection Agency
US Federal Wilderness Areas

Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas that project may intersect US Federal wilderness areas. 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
National Wetlands Inventory

Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect national wetlands. 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

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