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businesses, and three of the winning bidders identified themselves as small businesses.52 For AWS-2 and
AWS-3, although we do not know for certain which entities are likely to apply for these frequencies, we
note that these bands are comparable to those used for cellular service and personal communications
service. The Commission has not yet adopted size standards for the AWS-2 or AWS-3 bands but has
proposed to treat both AWS-2 and AWS-3 similarly to broadband PCS service and AWS-1 service due to
the comparable capital requirements and other factors, such as issues involved in relocating incumbents
and developing markets, technologies, and services.53
18. Rural Radiotelephone Service. The Commission has not adopted a size standard for
small businesses specific to the Rural Radiotelephone Service.s4 A significant subset of the Rural
Radiotelephone Service is the Basic Exchange Telephone Radio System ("BETRS").5s In the present
context, we will use the SBA's small business size standard applicable to Wireless Telecommunications
Carriers (except Satellite), i.e., an entity employing no more than 1,500 persons." There are
approximately 1,000 licensees in the Rural Radiotelephone Service, and we estimate that there are 1,000
or fewer small entity licensees in the Rural Radiotelephone Service that may be affected by the rules and
policies adopted herein.
19. Wireless Communications Services. This service can be used for fixed, mobile,
radiolocation, and digital audio broadcasting satellite uses in the 2305-2320 MHz and 2345-2360 MHz
bands. The Commission defined "small business" for the wireless communications services (WCS)
auction as an entity with average gross revenues of $40 million for each of the three preceding years, and
a "very small business" as an entity with average gross revenues of $15 million for each of the three
preceding years."7 The SBA has approved these definitions.58 The Commission auctioned geographic
area licenses in the WCS service. In the auction, which commenced on April 15, 1997 and closed on
April 25, 1997, there were seven bidders that won 31 licenses that qualified as very small business
entities, and one bidder that won one license that qualified as a small business entity.
20. 700 MHz Guard Band Licenses. In the 700 MHz Guard Band Order, the Commission
adopted size standards for "small businesses" and "very small businesses" for purposes of determining
their eligibility for special provisions such as bidding credits and installment payments.59 A small
52 See "Auction of AWS-1 and Broadband PCS Licenses Closes, Winning Bidders Announced for Auction 78,
Down Payments Due September 9, 2008, FCC Forms 601 and 602 Due September 9, 2008, Final Payments Due
September 23, 2008, Ten-Day Petition to Deny Period," Public Notice, 23 FCC Rcd 12,749 (2008).
53 Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1915-1920 MHz, 1995-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz and
2175-2180 MHz Bands et al., Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 19 FCC Rcd 19,263, App. B (2005); Service Rules
for Advanced Wireless Services in the 2155-2175 MHz Band, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 22 FCC Rcd 17,035,
App. (2007); Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 2155-2175 MHz Band, Further Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, 23 FCC Rcd 9859, App. B (2008).
5The service is defined in 22.99 of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. 22.99.
5s BETRS is defined in 22.757 and 22.759 of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R.
22.757 and 22.759.
56 13 C.F.R. 121.201, NAICS code 517210.
57 Amendment of the Commission's Rules to Establish Part 27, the Wireless Communications Service (WCS),
Report and Order, 12 FCC Rcd 10785, 10879 194 (1997).
s8 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.
59 Service Rules for the 746-764 MHz Bands, and Revisions to Part 27 of the Commission's Rules, Second Report
and Order, 15 FCC Red 5299 (2000). Service rules were amended in 2007, but no changes were made to small
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