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Federal Permitting: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Mon, April 01, 2019

USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  USDA aims to facilitate rural prosperity and economic development and the expansion of rural e-Connectivity is central to achieving this goal.  USDA currently has 27 programs that may fund planning, construction, research and e-Connectivity activities.  See e-Connectivity @ USDA, Broadband Resources for Rural America for further details (available at https://www.usda.gov/broadband under Resources).

Website:          

https://www.usda.gov/broadband

Permit Contact Information:

(None)


United States Forest Service (USFS)

The Forest Service manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico, totaling 193 million acres.  The Forest Service currently administers approximately 4,000 authorizations for wireless uses at 1,500 communications sites. The authorized infrastructure on National Forest System lands supports over 10,000 wireless uses. Additionally, the Forest Service administers approximately 600 authorizations for wired uses (fiber).

Federal Register final rule to implement the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, providing for streamlining the Agency's procedures for evaluating applications to locate or modify communications facilities on National Forest System (NFS) lands, effective April 8, 2020.

Website:

https://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/contracts-commercial-permits/how-to-apply-for-special-use-permit

https://www.fs.fed.us/specialuses/special_comm.shtml

Permit Contact Information:

https://www.fs.fed.us/specialuses/commsites/documents/Communications-Site-Program-Contact-Information.pdf

https://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/contracts-commercial-permits/how-to-apply-for-special-use-permit

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