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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 ascending
State and Local Boundaries

U.S. Geological Survey mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas that project may intersect state and local boundaries.

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Geological Survey
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
FS-2700-4 Special Use Permit

U.S. Forest Service Policies and procedures in permitting that will assist applicants through the siting process on their lands. It explains how a special use permit is obtained and associated fees.

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Forest Service
Sample Communications Site Management Plan

Sample U.S. Forest Service Site Management Plan for applicants to borrow from and create their own for sites on United States Forest Service land. This template will provide applicants with an efficient and easy way to complete a critical piece of the applications process for utilizing U.S. Forest Service land.

Permitting Tools and Templates 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
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
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

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