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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
Tower Construction Notification System

Federal Communications Commission notification system for tribal consultations when siting on tribal lands. This systems allows applicants to coordinate with the different stakeholders when deploying assets on tribal lands. It creates a more efficient tribal review process.

Multiple Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
Cultural Resources Reference List

List of helpful resources for applicants completing Section 106 reviews.

Multiple Tools and Templates U.S. Department of Agriculture
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
2009-2015 Per Acre Rent Schedule

Rent schedule from Bureau of Land Management so that applicants can accurately estimate costs per acre through 2015. This provides applicants and others utilizing Rights of ways to create a a steady and consistent investment case as costs are identified for the current and forthcoming years.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
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
Rights of way/Utilities Federal Highway Administration Policy

Explanation of utility programs, highway rights of way, laws and regulations and additional publications and links on these subjects.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Department of Transportation
Rights-of-Way Process

Website walks applicants through the rights of way process to make it as transparent as possible for siting facilities on land administered by Bureau of Land Management.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Bureau of Land Management
Sample Communications Site Management Plan

Sample U.S. Forest Service Site Management Plan for applicants to borrow from and create their own for sites on United States Forest Service land. This template will provide applicants with an efficient and easy way to complete a critical piece of the applications process for utilizing U.S. Forest Service land.

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Forest Service
Section 106 Assistance for Users

Document repository with guidance and background materials about the Section 106 review.

Multiple Tools and Templates Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Section 106 Success Stories

Section 106 review success stories that share best practices for completing the review. These documents explain the benefits of Section 106 review to the public, elected officials, Federal agencies and preservation partners. Success stories include the following: 1)African Burial GroundBridge of Lions, 2)Nine Mile Canyon, 3)Capeheart Wherry Army Housing, 4) Riverfront Expressway, 5) Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center 6) Monroe Shops, 7) Redstone Castle, Montford Point Camp
8) Walnut Street Bridge, 9) The H.I. Hunley: Completing the Journey
10) Franklin Post Office, 11) Fort A. P. Hill, 12) Spindletop Oil field
13) Maloof Site and Caltrans

Multiple Case Studies Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

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