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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 Typesort descending Responsible Agency
Sample Communications Site Management Plan

Sample U.S. Forest Service Site Management Plan for applicants to borrow from and create their own for sites on United States Forest Service land. This template will provide applicants with an efficient and easy way to complete a critical piece of the applications process for utilizing U.S. Forest Service land.

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Forest Service
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
Federal Communications Commission Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Forms and Fees Database

Database providing Federal Communications Commission applicants with all the necessary forms and fees for tower siting. This repository is the central location for applicants applying to the Federal Communications Commission for forms and fee information regarding tower siting and antenna deployment.

Licensing Tools and Templates Federal Communications Commission
Federal, State and Tribal Historic Preservation Programs and Officers

Contact listing for State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation contacts for easy access, quick resolution of issues, and coordination of infrastructure and utility deployment projects.

Multiple Tools and Templates Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Smart Location Database

Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas that project may intersect General Services Administration properties.

Permitting Tools and Templates Environmental Protection Agency
FS-2700-10 Technical Data Communication Type Land Use

U.S. Forest Service Technical data communication type land use form for applicants to utilize U.S. Forest Service lands for communications purposes.

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Forest Service
2009-2015 Per Acre Rent Schedule

Rent schedule from Bureau of Land Management so that applicants can accurately estimate costs per acre through 2015. This provides applicants and others utilizing Rights of ways to create a a steady and consistent investment case as costs are identified for the current and forthcoming years.

Permitting Tools and Templates Bureau of Land Management
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
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
FS-2700-10B Communications Use Lease

U.S. Forest Service Communications lease form for users of U.S. Forest Service lands that would like to place communications assets on them.

Permitting Tools and Templates U.S. Forest Service

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