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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
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
Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Rural Interstate Corridor Communications Study

Federal agencies can utilize this Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration report to identify best practices and lessons learned from three different rural communications projects that may help coordinate the broadband deployment process.

Permitting Case Studies Department of Transportation
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
Special Uses-Applying for a Permit

U.S. Forest Service Policies and procedures in permitting that will assist applicants through the siting process on U.S. Forest Service lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures 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
Why has my linear rent changed?

Bureau of Land Management document that explains changes in linear rent. This document seeks to create a more predictable investment environment for anyone deploying broadband infrastructure in a Bureau of Land Management Rights of way.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Bureau of Land Management
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
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
US Forest Service Manual, Chapter 2720 "Special Use Administrations"

U.S. Forest Service Manual chapter that details U.S. Forest Service policy/authority/procedures regarding special use administrations of different structures and uses of U.S. Forest Service lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service

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