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|
|Endangered Species Act - Threatened & Endangered Species Range Maps||
Mapping for broadband applicants to identify critical areas where a project may intersect threatened or endangered species ranges. 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|
|E-106 System Demo||
Online demo for users of the Federal Communications Commission E106 system that assists in tracking and coordinating Section 106 reviews for all stakeholders.
|Multiple||Tools and Templates||Federal Communications Commission|
|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|
|Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Rural Interstate Corridor Communications Study||
Federal agencies can utilize this Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration report to identify best practices and lessons learned from three different rural communications projects that may help coordinate the broadband deployment process.
|Permitting||Case Studies||Department of Transportation|
|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|
|Current Administrative Boundaries of the National Park System Units||
National Park Service unit boundaries. Service wide boundary set for display and general analysis purposes.
|Permitting||Tools and Templates||National Parks Service|
|Cultural Resources Reference List||
List of helpful resources for applicants completing Section 106 reviews.
|Multiple||Tools and Templates||U.S. Department of Agriculture|
Mapping database to assist in identifying possible Federal or state owned assets for use in broadband deployment.
|Leasing||Tools and Templates||Department of Interior|
|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|
|Bureau of Land Management State Rights of way Program Contacts||
Bureau of Land Management rights of way state contacts for easy coordination and conflict resolution within the application process. State, local and private stakeholders will be able to utilize this to quickly resolve any issues or questions on specific locations and regulations during the Rights of way application process.
|Permitting||Tools and Templates||Bureau of Land Management|