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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 Agencysort descending
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
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
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
Federal Communications Commission Universal Licensing System

Federal Communications Commission database of licenses provided to date. This can ensure that applicants verify whether or not their specific license has been applied for previously.

Licensing Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Forms and Fees Database

Database providing Federal Communications Commission applicants with all the necessary forms and fees for tower siting. This repository is the central location for applicants applying to the Federal Communications Commission for forms and fee information regarding tower siting and antenna deployment.

Licensing Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
E-106 System Demo

Online demo for users of the Federal Communications Commission E106 system that assists in tracking and coordinating Section 106 reviews for all stakeholders.

Multiple Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
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 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
Federal Communications Commission Environmental Assessment in the Antenna Structure Registration System

Full description of what an environmental assessment entails and all necessary components/requirements.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Federal Communications Commission
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

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