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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
Applicant Guidance for Department of Commerce Environmental Checklist

Helpful guidelines and checklist for BIP and BTOP applicants on completing the National Environmental Policy Act review when installing fiber or siting a tower

Multiple Tools and Templates Department of Commerce
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
Bureau of Land Management Communications Site Plan of Development Outline

Outline of a site development plan for applicants to rights of ways on Bureau of Land Management land. The outline will guide applicants through the process of applying to utilize Bureau of Land Management land.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
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
Bureau of Land Management Geocommunicator

Map demonstrating authorized activities on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
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
Endangered Species Act - Threatened & Endangered Species Range Maps

Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect threatened or endangered species ranges. 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
Government Units

Mapping database to assist in developing a broadband deployment plan. This site can also help identify areas that are in need of coverage.

Leasing Tools and Templates Department of Interior

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