The BLM administers more than 1,500 communications sites on Federal public lands in the eleven Western states and Alaska. Right-of-way grants (ROWs) authorize construction and operation of more than 4,000 facilities -- ranging from radio and television transmitters to cellular and wireless broadband towers -- under regulations (43 CFR 2800) and supporting policies.
Most BLM communications sites are located at geographic elevations and have one or more facilities (towers, antennas, buildings, etc.) owned by private or governmental entities. The local BLM Field Office manages activities at each site under a resource management plan and a site-specific management plan.
The BLM is proposing to amend its regulations for granting ROWs for communications sites, the cost recovery schedule, and fire prevention plans and agreements for ROWs and power transmission and distribution facilities. View the proposed rules and submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. In the Search box at this URL, enter "RIN 1004-AE60" and click 'Search,' then follow the instructions.
You may also submit written comments by mail, personal or messenger delivery: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Director (HQ-630), Bureau of Land Management, Rm. 5646, 1849 C St. NW, Washington DC 20240; Attn. Regulatory Affairs: 1004-AE60
Proposing Communications Uses on Public Lands
For new communications use projects, contact the local BLM Field Office to set up a pre-application meeting and discuss your proposed facilities. Bring as much information as possible from the Pre-Application Checklist to the meeting. The Field Office can provide examples of management plans for existing sites.
Regulations 43 CFR 2806.36(a, b, & c) allow a cellular/wireless lessee to sub-lease space to other providers without additional authorization. The local Field Office can also provide information on co-location opportunities in the area you are considering.
The Field Office will begin processing your application once you have submitted a completed SF-299 Application for Right-of-Way.
Rental Fees for Communications Uses
The BLM rental schedule for communications-use ROWs and leases is based on the population served and the type of communications use(s) for which the ROW is granted.