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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 Agency
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Office of Federal Agency Programs Agency Staff Assignment

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Federal staffing assignment list to help Federal agencies locate their Advisory Council on Historic Preservation point of contact easily.

Multiple Tools and Templates Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
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
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
Applicant Guidance for Department of Commerce Environmental Checklist

Helpful guidelines and checklist for BIP and BTOP applicants on completing the National Environmental Policy Act review when installing fiber or siting a tower

Multiple Tools and Templates Department of Commerce
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
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
Bureau of Land Management Communications Site Plan of Development Outline

Outline of a site development plan for applicants to rights of ways on Bureau of Land Management land. The outline will guide applicants through the process of applying to utilize Bureau of Land Management land.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
Federal Communications Commission Environmental Assessment in the Antenna Structure Registration System

Full description of what an environmental assessment entails and all necessary components/requirements.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Federal Communications Commission
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
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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