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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 ascending Responsible Agency
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
US Code Title 16 - Conservation: Chapter 1 - National Parks, Military Parks, Monuments, and Seashores; Subchapter 1 - National Park Service

Policies and procedures for obtaining permits on National Parks Service lands

Permitting Policies and Procedures National Parks Service
Director's Order #53: Special Park Uses

Special Uses document defining activities and ways to obtain permits for it on National Parks Service land.

Permitting Policies and Procedures National Parks Service
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
Bureau of Land Management's Regulations found at 43 CFR 2800

Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) regulations for Bureau of Land Management lands.

Permitting Policies and Procedures Bureau of Land Management
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
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 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
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
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Programmatic Agreement for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Programmatic agreement allowed Rural Utilities Services (RUS) or NTIA to award applicants BIP or BTOP grants prior to Section 106 review completion if certain criteria were met.

Multiple Policies and Procedures Department of Commerce

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