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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
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
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
US Forest Service Manual, Chapter 2710 - "Special Use Authorizations"

U.S. Forest Service Manual chapter that details U.S. Forest Service policy/authority/procedures regarding Special use authorizations on U.S. Forest Service lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
US Forest Service Manual, Chapter 2700 "Zero Code"

U.S. Forest Service Manual chapter that explains the special uses management of U.S. Forest Service lands. This will provide applicants for U.S. Forest Service land use with a background of the authorities provided to U.S. Forest Service.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest 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
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
US Forest Service Handbook - Chapter 20 Cost Recovery (wo2709.11_20.doc)

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

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
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
Department of Commerce National Environmental Policy Act Categorical Exclusions for broadband deployment

Listing of categorical exclusions that preclude applicants from carrying out a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act review, if certain criteria are met.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Department of Commerce

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