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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
U.S. Forest Service Regions Map

Mapping tool for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect different U.S. Forest Service regions. 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
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
US Forest Service Handbook - Chapter 50 Standard Forms and Supplemental Causes (wo2709.11_50.doc)

Chapter in the U.S. Forest Service Handbook that discusses all authorizations that involve fiber optic facilities on U.S. Forest Service lands and all of the forms that apply.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
Revocable License for Non-Federal Use of Real Property

General Services Administration license for non-Federal users looking to place antennas on federally owned buildings.

Licensing Tools and Templates General Services Administration
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Programmatic Agreement for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Programmatic agreement allowed Rural Utilities Services (RUS) or NTIA to award applicants BIP or BTOP grants prior to Section 106 review completion if certain criteria were met.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Department of Commerce
US Forest Service Handbook - Chapter 30 Fee Determination (2709.11_30.doc)

Chapter in the U.S. Forest Service handbook that details the U.S. Forest Service ability and method for fees for utilizing U.S. Forest Service lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
National Wildlife Refuge and Hatchery Boundaries

Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect wildlife refuge and hatchery boundaries. 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
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

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