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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
Tower Construction Notification System (State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices)

Tower Construction Notification System fact sheet providing State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices with a preliminary understanding of the systems that will facilitate the Tribal and Section 106 review processes.

Multiple Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
Tower Construction Notification System

Federal Communications Commission notification system for tribal consultations when siting on tribal lands. This systems allows applicants to coordinate with the different stakeholders when deploying assets on tribal lands. It creates a more efficient tribal review process.

Multiple Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
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
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
Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Rural Interstate Corridor Communications Study

Federal agencies can utilize this Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration report to identify best practices and lessons learned from three different rural communications projects that may help coordinate the broadband deployment process.

Permitting Case Studies Department of Transportation
Rights of Way Utilities Information

General information and guidance on Department of Transportation rights of way for stakeholders to understand the concept of highway rights of way.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Department of Transportation
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

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