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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
US Forest Service Handbook - Chapter 10 Applications and Authorization Processing (wo2709.11_10.doc)

The objectives of the U.S. Forest Service special uses application and authorization process are to:
1. Provide timely responses to proponents and applicants requesting use of National Forest System lands.
2. Provide a consistent decision-making process for special use applications.
3. Ensure that authorizations to use and occupy National Forest System lands are in the public interest (36 CFR part 251, Subpart B).
4. Ensure that authorizations to use and occupy National Forest System lands comply with Forest land and resource management plans.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
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
Monthly General Services Administration Lease Inventory Map and Database

This inventory lists the status of General Services Administration leases with location and other important information so users can identify and create a strategy around Federal buildings that they may need to utilize. Please note: General Services Administration cannot lease antenna space on rooftops General Services Administration does not own, except in rare instances when General Services Administration has leased an entire building.

Leasing Tools and Templates General Services Administration
Public Safety Technical Assistance Tools

Tools for public safety practitioners to help in identifying areas of coverage and locating areas in need of coverage. These can be utilized to develop a plan on broadband deployment within the auspices of the National Public Safety Broadband Network. Includes the following: 1)Frequency Mapping Tool, 2) Mobile Data Survey Tool, 3) Narrowband License Status Tool, 4) Narrowband Summary Tracker Tool.

Multiple Tools and Templates Department of Homeland Security
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
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
Obtaining a Special-Use Authorization with the Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service Brochure on obtaining special use authorizations for applicants. It explains what special use authorizations are, who needs them, and how the application process works.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
FS-2700-10B Communications Use Lease

U.S. Forest Service Communications lease form for users of U.S. Forest Service lands that would like to place communications assets on them.

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Forest Service
Special Uses Information

U.S. Forest Service guides on communications uses of U.S. Forest Service lands. It provides a helpful Q&A and fees for utilization of U.S. Forest Service lands for communications purposes.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
US Forest Service Manual, Chapter 2730 "Road and Trail Rights of way Grants"

U.S. Forest Service Manual chapter that details Road and Trail Rights of way grants. The chapter explains authorities, oversight of Rights of ways, U.S. Forest Service management of Rights of ways, and other U.S. Forest Service regulations.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service

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