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H.R. 4839 (115th): Broadband Infrastructure Inventory Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 18, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4839

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 18, 2018

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To provide for the establishment of an inventory of Federal assets to provide information to entities that construct or operate communications facilities or provide communications service.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Broadband Infrastructure Inventory Act of 2018.

2.

Inventory of Federal assets

(a)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Assistant Secretary shall—

(1)

establish and maintain an inventory of covered assets that includes the information provided under subsections (b) and (c); and

(2)

make such inventory available to any entity that constructs or operates communications facilities or provides communications service.

(b)

Provision of information by Executive agencies

(1)

In general

Not later than 9 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the head of an Executive agency shall provide to the Assistant Secretary, in a manner and format to be determined by the Assistant Secretary, the information described in paragraph (2) with respect to a covered asset of such agency.

(2)

Information described

The information described in this paragraph is—

(A)

the location of the covered asset;

(B)

the type of the covered asset, such as whether the asset is a building (and the type of building), land (and the type or use of the land), right-of-way, easement, utility pole, wireless communications tower, underground utility route, or cable on which capacity is available for lease;

(C)

contact information for an officer or employee of the agency who may be contacted for permitting or other information about the covered asset;

(D)

whether the covered asset is historic property (as defined in section 300308 of title 54, United States Code); and

(E)

such other information as the Assistant Secretary considers appropriate.

(3)

Provision of updated information

(A)

Change in information

In the case of a change in any of the information provided to the Assistant Secretary under paragraph (1) with respect to a covered asset of an Executive agency, the head of such agency shall provide updated information to the Assistant Secretary not later than 30 days after such change.

(B)

Acquisition of new covered asset

In the case of the acquisition of a covered asset by an Executive agency after the date that is 9 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the head of such agency shall provide to the Assistant Secretary the information required by paragraph (1) with respect to such asset not later than 30 days after such acquisition.

(4)

Exclusion of information for national security reasons

(A)

Classified information

The head of an Executive agency may exclude classified information from the information provided to the Assistant Secretary under this subsection.

(B)

Other information

If the head of an Executive agency determines, in consultation with the Assistant Secretary, that inclusion of information (other than classified information) about a covered asset of such agency in the inventory established under subsection (a) would harm national security, the head of the agency may exclude such information from the information provided to the Assistant Secretary under this subsection.

(C)

Classified information defined

In this paragraph, the term classified information means any information or material that has been determined by the Federal Government pursuant to an Executive order, statute, or regulation, to require protection against unauthorized disclosure for reasons of national security and any restricted data, as defined in section 11 y. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2014(y)).

(c)

Information on State and local assets

(1)

Voluntary provision of information

A State or local government may provide to the Assistant Secretary for inclusion in the inventory established under subsection (a), in a manner and format to be determined by the Assistant Secretary, information with respect to a State or local asset that would be a covered asset if owned, leased, or otherwise managed by an Executive agency.

(2)

Inclusion of information

The Assistant Secretary shall include in such inventory any information provided by a State or local government in accordance with paragraph (1) in the same manner as information provided by an Executive agency under subsection (b).

(3)

Provision of updated information

In the case of a change in any of the information provided to the Assistant Secretary under paragraph (1) with respect to a State or local asset, the State or local government shall provide updated information to the Assistant Secretary not later than 30 days after such change. If a State or local government does not comply with the preceding sentence, the Assistant Secretary shall deny the State or local government access to the inventory established under subsection (a).

(d)

Updating of Inventory

After the establishment of the inventory under subsection (a), the Assistant Secretary shall include in the inventory information provided under subsection (b) or (c) not later than the date that is 7 days after the Assistant Secretary receives such information. The information with respect to each covered asset or State or local asset in the inventory shall include the most recent date on which such information was added or updated.

(e)

Format of location information

The information in the inventory established under subsection (a) about the location of a covered asset or State or local asset shall be in Geographic Information System format or another format that the Assistant Secretary considers appropriate.

(f)

Information security

The Assistant Secretary shall adopt measures to prevent unauthorized access to the information in the inventory established under subsection (a).

(g)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Assistant Secretary

The term Assistant Secretary means the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information.

(2)

Communications facility

The term communications facility includes—

(A)

any wireless or wireline infrastructure for the transmission of writing, signs, signals, data, images, pictures, or sounds of all kinds;

(B)

any transmitting device, tower, or support structure, and any equipment, switches, wiring, cabling, power sources, shelters, or cabinets, associated with the provision of communications services; and

(C)

any antenna or apparatus that—

(i)

is designed for the purpose of emitting radio frequency;

(ii)

is designed to be operated, or is operating, from a fixed location pursuant to authorization by the Federal Communications Commission; and

(iii)

is added to a tower, building, or other structure.

(3)

Communications service

The term communications service means a service for the transmission of writing, signs, signals, data, images, pictures, or sounds of all kinds.

(4)

Covered asset

The term covered asset means, with respect to an Executive agency—

(A)

any real property or interest in real property that is owned, leased, or otherwise managed by such agency; and

(B)

any other property that is owned, leased, or otherwise managed by such agency—

(i)

on which a communications facility could be constructed; or

(ii)

that could otherwise be made available to an entity that—

(I)

constructs or operates communications facilities for use in connection with such construction or operation; or

(II)

provides communications service for use in connection with such provision.

(5)

Executive agency

The term Executive agency has the meaning given such term in section 105 of title 5, United States Code.