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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).

Titlesort descending Description Function Resource Type Responsible Agency
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
Nationwide Programmatic Agreements (New Tower Submission Packet)

Federal Communications Commission's new tower packet for applicants looking to erect a new tower or add an antenna to an existing one.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Federal Communications Commission
Obtaining a Special-Use Authorization with the Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service Brochure on obtaining special use authorizations for applicants. It explains what special use authorizations are, who needs them, and how the application process works.

Permitting Policies and Procedures U.S. Forest Service
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
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
Rental Fee Schedule For Communications Uses (Calendar Year 2013)

Rental fee schedule for users of Bureau of Land Management land for 2013. This data will establish predictability in long term rent costs for users or prospective users of Bureau of Land Management land.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
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
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
Rights of way/Utilities Federal Highway Administration Policy

Explanation of utility programs, highway rights of way, laws and regulations and additional publications and links on these subjects.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Department of Transportation
Rights-of-Way Process

Website walks applicants through the rights of way process to make it as transparent as possible for siting facilities on land administered by Bureau of Land Management.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Bureau of Land Management

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