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 Agency|
|Government Accountability Office Report: Planning and Flexibility are Key to Effectively Deploying Broadband Conduit through Federal Highway Projects||
Any state looking to deploy broadband infrastructure and trying to develop Dig Once and similar policies could use this Government Accountability Office report, which reviews the benefits of a Dig Once policy.
|Permitting||Case Studies||Department of Transportation|
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|
|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|
|Listing of Cities by Population Strata (Corresponds with Bureau of Land Management Rental Fee Schedule)||
This chart coincides with rental fee schedule on Bureau of Land Management land. It can be utilized to create a more defined and certain investment environment on utilizing Bureau of Land Management land.
|Permitting||Tools and Templates||Bureau of Land Management|
|Monthly General Services Administration Lease Inventory Map and Database||
This inventory lists the status of General Services Administration leases with location and other important information so users can identify and create a strategy around Federal buildings that they may need to utilize. Please note: General Services Administration cannot lease antenna space on rooftops General Services Administration does not own, except in rare instances when General Services Administration has leased an entire building.
|Leasing||Tools and Templates||General Services Administration|
|National Broadband Map||
Mapping software of broadband access across the country to identify areas that may need coverage the most. This will assist stakeholders in identifying possible areas for expansion of their services and network.
|Multiple||Tools and Templates||Department of Commerce|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Nationwide Programmatic Agreement (Collocation Submission Packet)||
Federal Communications Commission's collocation packet for applicants seeking to erect a new tower.
|Licensing||Policies and Procedures||Federal Communications Commission|