FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 5, Pages 3728 to 4696, April 9 - April 27, 2012 Page: 3,756
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business in this service is an entity that, together with its affiliates and controlling principals, has average
gross revenues not exceeding $40 million for the preceding three years.6 Additionally, a "very small
business" is an entity that, together with its affiliates and controlling principals, has average gross
revenues that are not more than $15 million for the preceding three years.6' SBA approval of these
definitions is not required.62 In 2000, the Commission conducted an auction of 52 Major Economic Area
("MEA") licenses.63 Of the 104 licenses auctioned, 96 licenses were sold to nine bidders. Five of these
bidders were small businesses that won a total of 26 licenses. A second auction of 700 MHz Guard Band
licenses commenced and closed in 2001. All eight of the licenses auctioned were sold to three bidders.
One of these bidders was a small business that won a total of two licenses.64
21. Upper 700 MHz Band Licenses. In the 700 MHz Second Report and Order, the
Commission revised its rules regarding Upper 700 MHz licenses.65 On January 24, 2008, the
Commission commenced Auction 73 in which several licenses in the Upper 700 MHz band were
available for licensing: 12 Regional Economic Area Grouping licenses in the C Block, and one
nationwide license in the D Block." The auction concluded on March 18, 2008, with 3 winning bidders
claiming very small business status (those with attributable average annual gross revenues that do not
exceed $15 million for the preceding three years) and winning five licenses.
22. Lower 700 MHz Band Licenses. The Commission previously adopted criteria for
defining three groups of small businesses for purposes of determining their eligibility for special
provisions such as bidding credits.67 The Commission defined a "small business" as an entity that,
together with its affiliates and controlling principals, has average gross revenues not exceeding $40
million for the preceding three years." A "very small business" is defined as an entity that, together with
its affiliates and controlling principals, has average gross revenues that are not more than $15 million for
business size categories. See Service Rules for the 698-746, 747-762 and 777-792 MHz Bands, WT Docket No. 06-
150, Revision of the Commission's Rules to Ensure Compatibility with Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems,
CC Docket No. 94-102, Section 68.4(a) of the Commission's Rules Governing Hearing Aid-Compatible
Telephones, WT Docket No. 01-309, Biennial Regulatory Review - Amendment of Parts 1, 22, 24, 27, and 90 to
Streamline and Harmonize Various Rules Affecting Wireless Radio Services, WT Docket 03-264, Former Nextel
Communications, Inc. Upper 700 MHz Guard Band Licenses and Revisions to Part 27 of the Commission's Rules,
WT Docket No. 06-169, Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband, Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700
MHz Band, PS Docket No. 06-229, Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for
Meeting Federal, State and Local Public Safety Communications Requirements Through the Year 2010, WT Docket
No. 96-86, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 22 FCC Rcd 8064 (2007).
64 Id. at 5343 108.
62 Id. at 5343 108 n.246 (for the 746-764 MHz and 776-704 MHz bands, the Commission is exempt from 15
U.S.C. 632, which requires Federal agencies to obtain Small Business Administration approval before adopting
small business size standards).
63 See "700 MHz Guard Bands Auction Closes: Winning Bidders Announced," Public Notice, 15 FCC Rcd 18026
" See "700 MHz Guard Bands Auction Closes: Winning Bidders Announced," Public Notice, 16 FCC Red 4590
65 700 MHz Second Report and Order, 22 FCC Rcd 15289.
6 See Auction of 700 MHz Band Licenses Closes, Public Notice, 23 FCC Rcd 4572 (WTB 2008).
67 See Reallocation and Service Rules for the 698-746 MHz Spectrum Band (Television Channels 52-59), Report
and Order, 17 FCC Red 1022 (2002) ("Channels 52 59 Report and Order").
66 See id, 17 FCC Red at 1087-88 172.
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