Funding guide

Transportation - Realty Program (Utility Right-of-way) (through EO: Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment 2012)


Broadband Funding Guide

Department of Transportation


Federal Agency

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Agency Overview

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation’s highway system (Federal Aid Highway Program) and various federally and tribal owned lands (Federal Lands Highway Program). Through financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, the Federal Highway Administration is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world.

Program Name

Realty Program (Utility Right-of-way) (through EO: Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment 2012)

Program Overview

Accommodating public utilities on highway right-of-way has traditionally been at no cost to the utility, or only involves direct cost reimbursement for replacement ROW. This reflects a public policy that supports limiting the burden on taxpayers for basic municipal services. Pressure to accommodate a growing number of entities who seek private uses of public rights-of-way may require changes in State laws and agency regulations. Demands for accommodating new technologies such as ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) are causing many states and local governments to re-evaluate past policies and seek to gain benefits from their land assets by making their rights-of-way available for these uses.

Program Purpose
  • Other: Non-Highway Use of Federal Aid Rights of Way
Eligible Recipients
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities

Agency Contact

Maggie Duncan-Augustt maggie.duncan-augustt@dot.gov (202) 366-9901

Funding Type

Indirect