United States Department of the Interior
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Washington, D.C. 20240
 
October 23, 2007
 
In Reply Refer To:
2860 (350) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 10/26/2007
Instruction Memorandum No. 2008-016  
Expires: 12/31/2008
 
To:                   All Field Officials
 
From:               Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
 
Subject:            Calendar Year (CY) 2008 Communication Uses Rental Schedule

Program Area: Right-of-Way Management                    

Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) provides the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with the Calendar Year 2008 rental schedule for communication uses (Attachment 1). The schedule provides rental rates by population zones for various communication uses and reflects the annual adjustment based upon the change in the Consumer Price Index, All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), up 2.4 percent from July 2006 to July 2007.
 
Policy/Action: Regulations in 43 CFR 2806.30(a)(2) state that rental payments will be updated annually based on the change in the CPI-U and Ranally Metro Area (RMA) population rankings. The 2.4 percent increase should also be applied to any rental value established by other methods if, by the terms of the authorization, the annual rent is indexed to the CPI-U.
 
Field Offices should reproduce the schedule locally and copies made available to applicants or holders as appropriate or as requested. The schedule will also be posted on the BLM Washington Office external web page at http://www.blm.gov/nhp/what/lands/realty/management.htm under the Lands, Realty, and Cadastral Survey section.
 
Attachment 2 shows the cities, grouped by population strata, that have been designated RMA’s for 2008. All cities that have had changes in population are listed below:
 
            Cities (RMA’s) added:
            None
 
            Cities that increased in population:
            Washington DC from Zone 2 to Zone 1
Louisville, KY-IN from Zone 4 to Zone 3
Flint, MI from Zone 5 to Zone 4
Greenville, SC from Zone 5 to Zone 4
Atlantic City, NJ from Zone 6 to Zone 5
Salem, OR from Zone 6 to Zone 5
Chico, CA from Zone 7 to Zone 6
Eureka, CA from Zone 7 to Zone 6
Iowa City, IA from Zone 7 to Zone 6
Lawton, TX from Zone 7 to Zone 6
Morristown, TN from Zone 7 to Zone 6
Vero Beach, FL from Zone 7 to Zone 6
Laurel, MS from Zone 8 to Zone 7
           
            Cities that decreased in population:
            New Orleans, LA from Zone 3 to Zone 4
 
Cities that changed their RMA status:
            None
 
            Cities dropped as an RMA:
            None
                                                           
The Communication Site Rental Calculation Program (CSRC) has been updated and is available for data entry and calculation of rental bills for 2008. Worksheets for 2008 have been created using the 2007 worksheets for each state. CSRC is also available to users in Alaska. All communication use authorizations, even those not currently subject to rent, must be entered into CSRC. This information is required in order to run various reports which can not be obtained from LR2000. Attachment 3 provides instructions for updating 2007 worksheets for use in generating rental amounts for 2008.  Please contact Andrea Hauger at (303) 236-0535 for any questions regarding access to and use of the CSRC Program.
 
Prior to generating the CY 2008 communication use rental bills, offices should review the Unpaid Bill Report located on the Collections and Billing System (CBS) web site. The report contains communication use authorizations that have unpaid rent, late payment fees or administrative fees. The unpaid bills appearing in the CBS report must be cleared up prior to issuing the CY 2008 rent bill. The unpaid bill report is located at: http://cbs.blm.gov/cbs/reports/Billsum.bqy. This report is not available on the BLM public web site.
 
Please refer to the revised right-of-way regulations at 43 CFR 2806.30 through 2806.50 for guidance on the siting and administration of communication uses. The regulations can be found at the following BLM public web site: http://www.blm.gov/nhp/what/lands/realty/rowcr/
 
Timeframe:     Effective January 1, 2008.
 
Budget Impact: There is no budget impact.
 
Background: Regulations at 43 CFR 2806.30(a)(2) state that the communication use rental schedule will be updated annually based on the difference in the CPI-U from July of one year to July of the following year, and any changes in the RMA population rankings.   
 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: This IM follows the guidance provided for in BLM manual section 2806.
 
Coordination: ThisIM was coordinated with WO-330D, CBS and the U.S. Forest Service.
 
Contact: Please direct any questions concerning the content in this IM to the Washington Office Lands and Realty staff, Ron Montagna at (202) 452-7782 or email at ron_montagna@blm.gov, or Rick Stamm at (202) 452-5185, or email at rick_stamm@blm.gov.
 
Signed by:                                                               
Authenticated by:
Michael D. Nedd                                                    
Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                                    
Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
 
 
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