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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
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
Section 106 Assistance for Users

Document repository with guidance and background materials about the Section 106 review.

Multiple Tools and Templates Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Section 106 Success Stories

Section 106 review success stories that share best practices for completing the review. These documents explain the benefits of Section 106 review to the public, elected officials, Federal agencies and preservation partners. Success stories include the following: 1)African Burial GroundBridge of Lions, 2)Nine Mile Canyon, 3)Capeheart Wherry Army Housing, 4) Riverfront Expressway, 5) Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center 6) Monroe Shops, 7) Redstone Castle, Montford Point Camp
8) Walnut Street Bridge, 9) The H.I. Hunley: Completing the Journey
10) Franklin Post Office, 11) Fort A. P. Hill, 12) Spindletop Oil field
13) Maloof Site and Caltrans

Multiple Case Studies Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
SF299 - Application for Transportation and Utility Systems and Facilities on Federal Lands

Application for Transportation and Utility Systems and Facilities on Federal Lands

Multiple Tools and Templates General Services Administration
Smart Location Database

Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas that project may intersect General Services Administration properties.

Permitting Tools and Templates Environmental Protection Agency
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
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
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
State Rights of Way Manuals

Listing of states' rights of way manuals to easily and quickly identify rules and regulations in a certain state. This listing allows other states insight into how Rights of ways are handled elsewhere.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Department of Transportation
Tower Construction Notification - Participating State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices

List of participating State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices for the Tower Construction Notification System . This will facilitate the tribal and historic review process for applicants.

Licensing Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission

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