CSAC Bulletin Article

NTIA Launches Permitting and Environmental Mapping Tool

March 28, 2024

Last week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which operates under the Department of Commerce, launched a new mapping tool called the NTIA Permitting and Environmental Information Application. The tool can be used to help grant recipients and others deploying infrastructure identify permit requirements and avoid potential environmental impacts when connecting a particular location to high-speed internet service.

The tool is designed to help federal broadband grant recipients and subgrantees to identify and understand the types of permits they will need and plan routes for their broadband deployments. Successful infrastructure projects can be achieved by identifying permit requirements early on, initiating pre-application coordination with permitting agencies, and avoiding environmental impacts.

The National Broadband Availability Map is a part of the NTIA Permitting and Environmental Information Application. It combines public federal maps from various sources, such as the Federal Emergency Management Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. It also includes state lands data and Tribal lands boundaries and shows various “rights of way.” Users can print maps to PDF or ingest data into their GIS systems. The National Broadband Availability Map and other permitting resources are available on Broadband USA.

NTIA’s YouTube channel has a tutorial on using the map. In the coming weeks, NTIA will announce additional permitting initiatives to support federal broadband deployment projects.

Separately, here are key upcoming dates from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC):


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