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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 Descriptionsort descending Function Resource Type Responsible Agency
Bureau of Land Management Obtaining a Rights of way on Public Lands Brochure

Flyer on Bureau of Land Management Rights of way program for applicants. This flyer explains when a rights of way is needed and when it is not needed. It also explains the process of applying for a rights of way with Bureau of Land Management.

Permitting Policies and Procedures 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
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
Assessment of Fees and Recovery of Costs for Antennas of Federal Agencies and Public Service Organizations

General Services Administration document detailing fees for applicants. The publication of this material is developed to create a more predictable investment environment for antenna placement on federally owned buildings.

Leasing Policies and Procedures General Services Administration
Revocable License for Non-Federal Use of Real Property

General Services Administration license for non-Federal users looking to place antennas on federally owned buildings.

Licensing Tools and Templates General Services Administration
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
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
U.S. Government Lease of Real Property: Communications Space

Lease for communications space on Federally owned buildings.

Leasing Tools and Templates General Services Administration
Public Land Survey System

Link to the official boundary surveys of all Federal-interest lands in the United States. Serves as a foundational layer.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
Cultural Resources Reference List

List of helpful resources for applicants completing Section 106 reviews.

Multiple Tools and Templates U.S. Department of Agriculture

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