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businesses in the category "Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except satellite)."22 Under that SBA
category, a business is small if it has 1,500 or fewer employees.23 The census category of "Cellular and
Other Wireless Telecommunications" is no longer used and has been superseded by the larger category
"Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except satellite)". The Census Bureau defines this larger
category to include ". . . establishments engaged in operating and maintaining switching and transmission
facilities to provide communications via the airwaves. Establishments in this industry have spectrum
licenses and provide services using that spectrum, such as cellular phone services, paging services,
wireless Internet access, and wireless video services."'4
11. In this category, the SBA has deemed a wireless telecommunications carrier to be small if
it has fewer than 1,500 employees.2s For this category of carriers, Census data for 2007 shows 1,383
firms in this category.'6 Of these 1,383 firms, only 15 (approximately 1%) had 1,000 or more
employees.' While there is no precise Census data on the number of firms in the group with fewer than
1,500 employees, it is clear that at least the 1,368 firms with fewer than 1,000 employees would be found
in that group. Thus, at least 1,368 of these 1,383 firms (approximately 99%) had fewer than 1,500
employees. Accordingly, the Commission estimates that at least 1,368 (approximately 99%) had fewer
than 1,500 employees and, thus, would be considered small under the applicable SBA size standard.
12. Broadband Personal Communications Service. The broadband personal communications
services (PCS) spectrum is divided into six frequency blocks designated A through F, and the
Commission has held auctions for each block. The Commission initially defined a "small business" for
C- and F-Block licenses as an entity that has average gross revenues of $40 million or less in the three
previous calendar years.' For F-Block licenses, an additional small business size standard for "very
small business" was added and is defined as an entity that, together with its affiliates, has average gross
revenues of not more than $15 million for the preceding three calendar years.29 These small business size
standards, in the context of broadband PCS auctions, have been approved by the SBA.30 No small
businesses within the SBA-approved small business size standards bid successfully for licenses in Blocks
A and B. There were 90 winning bidders that claimed small business status in the first two C-Block
auctions. A total of 93 bidders that claimed small business status won approximately 40 percent of the
1,479 licenses in the first auction for the D, E, and F Blocks." On April 15, 1999, the Commission
22 13 C.F.R. 121.201, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 517210.
24 U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 NAICS Definitions, "Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (Except Satellites)";
2' 13 C.F.R. 121.201, NAICS Code 517210.
26 U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2007 Economic Census, Industry Series, Industry Statistics by
Employment Size, NAICS code 517210 (rel. Nov. 19, 2010); http:'!factfinder.census.gov.
28 See Amendment of Parts 20 and 24 of the Commission's Rules - Broadband PCS Competitive Bidding and the
Commercial Mobile Radio Service Spectrum Cap; Amendment of the Commission s Cellular/PCS Cross-Ownership
Rule; WT Docket No. 96-59, GN Docket No. 90-314, Report and Order, 11 FCC Rcd 7824, 7850-52, paras. 57-60
(1996) ("PCS Report and Order"); see also 47 C.F.R. 24.720(b).
29 See PCS Report and Order, 11 FCC Rcd at 7852, para. 60.
30 See Letter to Amy Zoslov, Chief, Auctions and Industry Analysis Division, Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, from Aida Alvarez, Administrator, Small Business Administration,
dated December 2, 1998.
3 See Broadband PCS, D, E and F Block Auction Closes, Public Notice, Doc. No. 89838 (rel. Jan. 14, 1997).
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