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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
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
Nationwide Programmatic Agreements

List of programmatic agreements between the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and Federal agencies to expedite the Section 106 review process. These programmatic agreements cover a myriad of agencies and topics and allow certain aspects of the Section 106 process to be bypassed if certain criteria are met.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
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
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
US Forest Service Handbook - Chapter 20 Cost Recovery (wo2709.11_20.doc)

Chapter in the U.S. Forest Service handbook that details the U.S. Forest Service ability and method for cost recovery for utilizing U.S. Forest Service lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
US Forest Service Handbook - Chapter 30 Fee Determination (2709.11_30.doc)

Chapter in the U.S. Forest Service handbook that details the U.S. Forest Service ability and method for fees for utilizing U.S. Forest Service lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures 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
US Forest Service Manual, Chapter 2700 "Zero Code"

U.S. Forest Service Manual chapter that explains the special uses management of U.S. Forest Service lands. This will provide applicants for U.S. Forest Service land use with a background of the authorities provided to U.S. Forest Service.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Forest Service Regions Map

Mapping tool for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect different U.S. Forest Service regions. 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
Why has my linear rent changed?

Bureau of Land Management document that explains changes in linear rent. This document seeks to create a more predictable investment environment for anyone deploying broadband infrastructure in a Bureau of Land Management Rights of way.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Bureau of Land Management