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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 Agencysort descending
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
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
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
Public Land Survey System

Link to the official boundary surveys of all Federal-interest lands in the United States. Serves as a foundational layer.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Land Management's Regulations found at 43 CFR 2800

Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) regulations for Bureau of Land Management lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Land Management Rights-of-Way Pre-Application Checklist

Rights of way pre-application checklist to assist applicants through the Rights of way application process on federal land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. This checklist will increase efficiency.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
Rental Fee Schedule For Communications Uses (Calendar Year 2013)

Rental fee schedule for users of Bureau of Land Management land for 2013. This data will establish predictability in long term rent costs for users or prospective users of Bureau of Land Management land.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
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
Handbook for Integrating National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 Reviews

Report explains how to coordinate and streamline Section 106 and National Environmental Policy Act reviews for those involved in broadband infrastructure deployment. The coordination of these two reviews will result in a more efficient process.

Multiple Tools and Templates Council on Environmental Quality
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Programmatic Agreement for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Programmatic agreement allowed Rural Utilities Services (RUS) or NTIA to award applicants BIP or BTOP grants prior to Section 106 review completion if certain criteria were met.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Department of Commerce

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