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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 descending
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
Department of Commerce National Environmental Policy Act Categorical Exclusions for broadband deployment

Listing of categorical exclusions that preclude applicants from carrying out a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act review, if certain criteria are met.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Department of Commerce
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
Public Safety Technical Assistance Tools

Tools for public safety practitioners to help in identifying areas of coverage and locating areas in need of coverage. These can be utilized to develop a plan on broadband deployment within the auspices of the National Public Safety Broadband Network. Includes the following: 1)Frequency Mapping Tool, 2) Mobile Data Survey Tool, 3) Narrowband License Status Tool, 4) Narrowband Summary Tracker Tool.

Multiple Tools and Templates Department of Homeland Security
Government Units

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
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
Civic Infrastructure

Mapping database to assist in identifying possible Federal or state owned assets for use in broadband deployment.

Leasing Tools and Templates Department of Interior
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
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

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