FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 5, Pages 3728 to 4696, April 9 - April 27, 2012 Page: 3,754
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Federal Communications Commission DA 12-550
SMR band.42 A second auction for the 800 MHz band was conducted in 2002 and included 23 Basic
Economic Area licenses. One bidder claiming small business status won five licenses.3
15. The auction of the 1,050 800 MHz SMR geographic area licenses for the General
Category channels was conducted in 2000. Eleven bidders that won 108 geographic area licenses for the
General Category channels in the 800 MHz SMR band qualified as small businesses under the $15
million size standard." In an auction completed in 2000, a total of 2,800 Economic Area licenses in the
lower 80 channels of the 800 MHz SMR service were awarded.45 Of the 22 winning bidders, 19 claimed
"small business" status and won 129 licenses. Thus, combining all three auctions, 40 winning bidders for
geographic area licenses in the 800 MHz SMR band claimed status as small business.
16. In addition, there are numerous incumbent site-by-site SMR licensees and licensees with
extended implementation authorizations in the 800 and 900 MHz bands. We do not know how many
firms provide 800 MHz or 900 MHz geographic area SMR service pursuant to extended implementation
authorizations, nor how many of these providers have annual revenues of no more than $15 million. One
firm has over $15 million in revenues. In addition, we do not know how many of these firms have 1500
or fewer employees." We assume, for purposes of this analysis, that all of the remaining existing
extended implementation authorizations are held by small entities, as that small business size standard is
approved by the SBA.
17. Advanced Wireless Services (1710-1755 MHz and 2110-2155 MHz bands (AWS-1);
1915-1920 MHz, 1995-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz and 2175-2180 MHz bands (A WS-2); 2155-2175
MHz band (A WS-3)). For the AWS-1 bands, the Commission has defined a "small business" as an entity
with average annual gross revenues for the preceding three years not exceeding $40 million, and a "very
small business" as an entity with average annual gross revenues for the preceding three years not
exceeding $15 million.47 In 2006, the Commission conducted its first auction of AWS-1 licenses.48 In
that initial AWS-1 auction, 31 winning bidders identified themselves as very small businesses.49 Twenty-
six of the winning bidders identified themselves as small businesses.50 In a subsequent 2008 auction, the
Commission offered 35 AWS-1 licenses." Four winning bidders identified themselves as very small
42 See "Correction to Public Notice DA 96-586 'FCC Announces Winning Bidders in the Auction of 1020 Licenses
to Provide 900 MHz SMR in Major Trading Areas,"' Public Notice, 18 FCC Rcd 18367 (WTB 1996).
43 See "Multi-Radio Service Auction Closes," Public Notice, 17 FCC Rcd 1446 (WTB 2002).
44 See "800 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) Service General Category (851-854 MHz) and Upper Band
(861-865 MHz) Auction Closes; Winning Bidders Announced," Public Notice, 15 FCC Red 17162 (2000).
45 See, "800 MHz SMR Service Lower 80 Channels Auction Closes; Winning Bidders Announced," Public Notice,
16 FCC Rcd 1736 (2000).
46 See generally 13 C.F.R. 121.201, NAICS code 517210.
47 See Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1.7 GHz and 2.1 GHz Bands, Report and Order, 18 FCC
Rcd 25,162, App. B (2003), modified by Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services In the 1.7 GHz and 2.1 GHz
Bands, Order on Reconsideration, 20 FCC Rcd 14,058, App. C (2005).
48 See "Auction of Advanced Wireless Services Licenses Scheduled for June 29, 2006; Notice and Filing
Requirements, Minimum Opening Bids, Upfront Payments and Other Procedures for Auction No. 66," AU Docket
No. 06-30, Public Notice, 21 FCC Red 4562 (2006) ("Auction 66 Procedures Public Notice").
49 See "Auction of Advanced Wireless Services Licenses Closes; Winning Bidders Announced for Auction No. 66,"
Public Notice, 21 FCC Rcd 10,521 (2006) ("Auction 66 Closing Public Notice").
50so See id
. See AWS-1I and Broadband PCS Procedures Public Notice, 23 FCC Rcd at 7499. Auction 78 also included an
auction of broadband PCS licenses.
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