FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 5, Pages 3728 to 4696, April 9 - April 27, 2012 Page: 3,757
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the preceding three years.69 Additionally, the lower 700 MHz Service had a third category of small
business status for Metropolitan/Rural Service Area (MSA/RSA) licenses-"entrepreneur"-which is
defined as an entity that, together with its affiliates and controlling principals, has average gross revenues
that are not more than $3 million for the preceding three years.70 The SBA approved these small size
standards.7 An auction of 740 licenses (one license in each of the 734 MSAs/RSAs and one license in
each of the six Economic Area Groupings (EAGs)) was conducted in 2002. Of the 740 licenses available
for auction, 484 licenses were won by 102 winning bidders. Seventy-two of the winning bidders claimed
small business, very small business or entrepreneur status and won licenses.72 A second auction
commenced on May 28, 2003, closed on June 13, 2003, and included 256 licenses.73 Seventeen winning
bidders claimed small or very small business status, and nine winning bidders claimed entrepreneur
status.4 In 2005, the Commission completed an auction of 5 licenses in the Lower 700 MHz band. All
three winning bidders claimed small business status.
23. In 2007, the Commission reexamined its rules governing the 700 MHz band in the 700
MHz Second Report and Order.75 An auction of A, B and E block 700 MHz licenses was held in 2008.76
Twenty winning bidders claimed small business status (those with attributable average annual gross
revenues that exceed $15 million and do not exceed $40 million for the preceding three years). Thirty
three winning bidders claimed very small business status (those with attributable average annual gross
revenues that do not exceed $15 million for the preceding three years).
24. Offshore Radiotelephone Service. This service operates on several UHF television
broadcast channels that are not used for television broadcasting in the coastal areas of states bordering the
Gulf of Mexico." There are presently approximately 55 licensees in this service. The Commission is
unable to estimate at this time the number of Offshore Radiotelephone Service licensees that would
qualify as small under the SBA's small business size standard for the category of Wireless
Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite).7" Under that SBA small business size standard, a
business is small if it has 1,500 or fewer employees." Census data for 2007 show that there were 1,383
firms in this category that operated that year.8 Of those 1,383, 1,368 had fewer than 1000 employees,
and 15 firms had more than 1000 employees. Thus under this category and the associated small business
size standard, the majority of firms can be considered small.
25. Broadband Radio Service and Educational Broadband Service. Broadband Radio
69 See id.
70 See id., 17 FCC Rcd at 1088 173.
71 See Alvarez Letter 1998.
72 See Lower 700 MHz Band Auction Closes, Public Notice, 17 FCC Rcd 17,272 (2002).
73 See Lower 700 MHz Band Auction Closes, Public Notice, 18 FCC Rcd 11,873 (2003).
74 See id
75 700 MHz Second Report and Order, Second Report and Order, 22 FCC Red 15,289, 15,359 n.434 (2007).
76 See Auction of 700 MHz Band Licenses Closes, Public Notice, 23 FCC Rcd 4572 (2008).
77 This service is governed by Subpart I of Part 22 of the Commission's Rules. See 47 C.F.R. 22.1001-22.1037.
78 13 C.F.R. 121.201, NAICS code 517210.
so U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census, Sector 51, 2007 NAICS code 517210 (rel. Oct. 20, 2009),
http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/I BQTable?_bmy&-geoid=&-fdsname=ECO700A 1 &-_skip=700&-
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