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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
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 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
Tower Construction Notification - Tribal Contact Database

Tribal database for applicants to contact tribes who may be affected by their asset construction. This will facilitate the tribal review process for applicants. (Requires Log-in)

Licensing Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
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
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
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Critical Habitat for Threatened and Endangered Species

Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect threatened or endangered species lands. 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
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
Tower Construction Notification System (State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices)

Tower Construction Notification System fact sheet providing State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices with a preliminary understanding of the systems that will facilitate the Tribal and Section 106 review processes.

Multiple Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
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
State and Local Boundaries

U.S. Geological Survey mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas that project may intersect state and local boundaries.

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Geological Survey

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