Updated Streamlined Process for Commercial Broadband Deployment

UNSECNAV Memo - Publish Date: 12/01/20

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This memo expands the existing process for the deployment of commercial broadband infrastructure on Navy and Marine Corps property to also include Small Cells and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). Small Cells and DAS are critical components to fifth generation (5G) wireless technology build-out, enabling mobile broadband wireless providers to improve service coverage and increase network capacity. Additional guidance addressing supply chain security is also included in this updated deployment process memo.

Questions or requests for additional information: Mr. Jim Omans, Director, Real Estate, OASN EI&E, james.omans@navy.mil.


SUBJECT: Updated Streamlined Process for Commercial Broadband Deployment

References: (a) Executive Order 13616, "Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment," June 14, 2012
(b) Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Management) Memorandum, "Streamlined Process for Commercial Broadband Deployment," June 30, 2016
(c) 10 U.S.C. § 2667 - Leases: Non-excess Property of Military Departments and Defense Agencies
(d) 10 U.S.C. § 2668-Easements for Rights-of-Way
(e) DoD Memorandum, " Department of Defense Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan," February 15, 2013
(f) Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) Memorandum, "Streamlining Commercial Broadband Access on Department of the Navy Installations for Civilian Purposes ," May 16, 2014
(g) SECNAVINST 2400.18 , "Electromagnetic Spectrum Policy and Management," May 20, 2019
(h) SECNAVINST 11011.47D, "Acquisition, Management, and Disposal of Real Property and Real Property Interests by the Department of the Navy," June 26, 2019
(i) Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 3-580-01, "Telecommunications Interior Infrastructure Planning and Design," June 1, 2016
(j) 10 U.S.C. § 2695 - Acceptance of Funds to Cover Administrative Expenses Relating to Certain Real Property Transactions
(k) Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics Letter 11011 Ser N46/20U133348, "CNO-CNIC Delegation of Authority to Manage and Establish Real Estate Requirements," May 14, 2020
(l) Naval Facilities Engineering Command Real Estate Procedural Manual P-73
(m) Defense Critical Infrastructure (DCI) Line of Effort (LOE) Security Classification Guide (SCG), July 27, 2018
(n) Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.204-7008, "Compliance with Safeguarding Covered Defense Information Controls;" 7009, " Limitations on the Use or Disclosure of Third-Party Contractor Reported Cyber Incident Information;" and 7012, "Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting"
(o) Executive Order 13873, "Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain," May 15, 2019
(p) Public Law 116-124, "Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019," March 12, 2020
(q) Public Law 116-129, " Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020," March 23, 2020
(r) White House National Strategy to Secure 5G of the United States of America, March 2020
(s) Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) 52.204-24, "Representation Regarding Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment"
(t) FAR 52.204-25, "Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment"
(u) Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer Memorandum, "Commercial Broadband Deployment Interim Authority to Radiate," May 8, 2020

Enclosures: (1) DON Commercial Broadband Deployment Process Phases
(2) DON Commercial Broadband Deployment Process Chart - Major Actions
(3) CNIC and MCICOM Points of Contact
(4) Application for Installation of Wireless Telecommunicationson Navy or Marine Corps Installations
(5) Bill of Materials (BOM) Review Process
(6) Technical and Cybersecurity Guidance: Commercial 5G Adoption

In accordance with reference (a), this memorandum updates and replaces reference (b) by expanding the existing deployment of commercial broadband infrastructure process to also include Small Cells and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) on Navy and Marine Corps property. Small Cells and DAS are critical components to fifth generation (5G) wireless technology build-out, enabling mobile broadband wireless providers to improve service coverage and increase network capacity. Installation commanders are encouraged to support the rapid development of secure commercial wireless broadband systems on their installations while limiting the risk these new technologies present. Wireless broadband is a force enabler that assists and improves the ability of Sailors and Marines to meet their mission requirements, and it is a quality-of-life enabler for their families living on installations. This streamlined process adheres to references (a) through (u) and facilitates the integration of emerging technology when Navy and Marine Corps installations are ready to implement. This policy only applies to deployment of commercial wireless broadband systems on Department of the Navy (DON) installations. Deployment requirements for wireless broadband systems procured by contract, such as the Spiral 3 contract, are addressed by those contracts.

As summarized in enclosures (1) and (2), the process time from initiation of a commercial broadband provider's request to final approval to begin construction/equipment installation is expected to be less than 12 months. A real estate agreement for commercial broadband providers seeking to deploy on DON installations will be executed in accordance with reference (h) following the policies identified in reference (l).

The approval process for Small Cell and associated DAS installation will closely follow the process for Large Cell installation presented in reference (b), with major differences occurring primarily at inception. Commercial entities seeking access to DON installations for installation of any wireless broadband system will contact the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) or Commander, Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM) point of contact (POC) listed in enclosure (3) to provide basic information about the proposed installation and operation of equipment. Commercial entities may use enclosure (4) to provide this basic information to the CNIC or MCICOM POC. To ensure compliance with requirements for the use of secure equipment provided by trusted manufacturers, the first phase requires the approval of preliminary applicant background information and an initial bill of material (BOM) of any broadband provider seeking to deploy Large or Small Cells and associated DAS on DON installations. Enclosure (5) provides information on this process. The CNIC or MCICOM POC will transmit background and BOM information to Commander, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) for review to ensure that applicants are vetted against the prohibited vendor list and adhere to requirements in references (s) and (t). During the NAVWAR review, the CNIC or MCICOM POC will begin work with the applicant to begin the spectrum clearance, site approval, environmental, and real estate processes to install telecommunications equipment. Instead of seeking approval for a specific structure/site location, installations should request commercial broadband providers to provide a siting plan at the outset that includes all proposed Large Cell and/or Small Cell and associated DAS deployment locations on the installation, including power, fronthaul, backhaul, and excess telecommunications that could be available for service-in-kind agreements or leases. To minimize redundant activity and unnecessary impact to an installation's infrastructure, broadband providers should be encouraged to coordinate with one another on deployment activities.

Technology has become a more pervasive differentiator of military performance. We must leverage commercial technological advances to create military advantage and ensure that our equipment remains affordable and the most advanced in the world. The next generation of cellular capabilities, 5G, will leverage new technologies from secure and reliable supply chains to expand capabilities over the current fourth generation (4G) technology. This new technology promises to enable and transform the Internet of Things, virtual reality training, smart logistics, healthcare, smart bases, and manufacturing. As commercial 5G providers update existing 4G equipment or install new equipment on DON installations, the DON will promote a dual-use policy for the use of commercial 5G infrastructure on the base to support securing a technological advantage for national defense. Development of dual use can serve as in-kind consideration for any real estate agreement executed with commercial carriers.

Enclosure (6) identifies 5G network technical specifications the DON must consider when executing real estate agreements that accommodate commercial use and contracted DON use.

As appropriate to satisfy unique requirements, amplifying instructions for both Large and/or Small Cell/DAS deployments may be provided by CNIC for Navy installations, per reference (k); MCICOM for Marine Corps installations; Installation Commanders; or other appropriate entities. Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) may provide amplifying guidance for processing real estate agreements. However, to the greatest extent practicable, any additional procedures should be performed in parallel to the steps shown.

Reference (c) governs the receipt and treatment of payments assessed for use of Government real property. Proceed·s returned to installations may be used for facilities operation, maintenance, repair, and construction. Per reference (j), the DON may accept funds from an applicant seeking a real estate agreement for support of wireless broadband equipment to cover administrative expenses incurred by the DON.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment (OASN (EI&E)) and the Office of the DON Chief Information Officer (CIO) collaborated with DON headquarters shore readiness and local installation personnel to ensure this efficiency approach could achieve the desired results and meet all readiness and security requirements.

Signed by:
Gregory J. Slavonic
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
(Manpower & Reserve Affairs)
Performing the Duties of the
Under Secretary of the Navy

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