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Improving Rights-of-Way Management Across Federal Lands: A Roadmap for Greater Broadband Deployment

April 26, 2004

Report by the Federal Rights-of-Way Working Group
April 2004

To ensure that broadband providers are able to obtain rights-of-way in a timely and cost-effective manner, the Bush Administration formed a Federal Rights-of-Way Working Group to assess the management of rights-of-way over lands under federal jurisdiction. The following report contains the Working Group’s findings and recommendations for how the Federal Government can reform its approach to rights-of-way management to help bring the promise of broadband to all Americans, while ensuring that federal land managers fulfill their important roles as stewards of our Nation’s public property.