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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).

Titlesort descending Description Function Resource Type Responsible Agency
Federal Communications Commission Environmental Checklist

Federal Communications Commission's environmental checklist to assist applicants through the steps of completing an environmental review before siting a tower or installing fiber.

Multiple Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission TOWAIR System (Determines whether registration with the Federal Communications Commission is needed)

Federal Communications Commission system that alerts the user whether Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues exist with their attempted placement of a tower near an airport. Assists users in planning the location of broadband assets.

Licensing Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission Universal Licensing System

Federal Communications Commission database of licenses provided to date. This can ensure that applicants verify whether or not their specific license has been applied for previously.

Licensing Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Forms and Fees Database

Database providing Federal Communications Commission applicants with all the necessary forms and fees for tower siting. This repository is the central location for applicants applying to the Federal Communications Commission for forms and fee information regarding tower siting and antenna deployment.

Licensing Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
Federal, State and Tribal Historic Preservation Programs and Officers

Contact listing for State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation contacts for easy access, quick resolution of issues, and coordination of infrastructure and utility deployment projects.

Multiple Tools and Templates Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
FS-2700-10 Technical Data Communication Type Land Use

U.S. Forest Service Technical data communication type land use form for applicants to utilize U.S. Forest Service lands for communications purposes.

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Forest Service
FS-2700-10A Communications Site Tenant/Customer Inventory Certification

U.S. Forest Service permitting form required for applicants to utilize U.S. Forest Service lands for Communications Assets

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Forest Service
FS-2700-10B Communications Use Lease

U.S. Forest Service Communications lease form for users of U.S. Forest Service lands that would like to place communications assets on them.

Permitting Tools and Templates 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
Geonames

Geographical database that shows landmark names, can be utilized to identify critical landmarks that may impede broadband deployment.

Multiple Tools and Templates Department of Interior

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