Archaeological Surveys for Broadband Network Expansion

Location: Northern Missouri

Client: BlueBird Media LLC

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) seeks to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved communities in the U.S. through its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. BlueBird Media LLC is a public-private partnership established to expand the broadband network to underserved and disadvantaged areas in northern Missouri.

Burns & McDonnell provided archaeological surveys of 92 potential node alternative sites and more than 100 archaeological sites or high probability areas. In some cases construction monitoring through the sites was required if they could not be avoided. This included Environmental Assessment and Section 106 compliance for the NTIA for 1,000 miles of fiber optic cable installation in northern Missouri.

  • Phase I cultural resource surveys
  • National Historic Preservation Act compliance
  • Construction monitoring

This expanded broadband network would provide new high-speed internet access to local community anchor institutions, including local governments, schools and hospitals. The broadband network was to be installed in highway rights-of-way and would involve a series of nodes to connect the fiber segments. As a result of Section 106 consultation during the preparation of an Environmental Assessment for the project, commitments were required to survey the nodes, the installation corridor through existing archaeological sites of unknown significance, and through high probability areas for the presence of archaeological resources.