FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 19, Pages 14991 to 15893, October 24 - November 10, 2011 Page: 15,007
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more than $3 million in each of the three previous calendar years."' The SBA has approved these small
business size standards for the 900 MHz Service.42 The Commission has held auctions for geographic
area licenses in the 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands. The 900 MHz SMR auction was completed in 1996.
Sixty bidders claiming that they qualified as small businesses under the $15 million size standard won
263 geographic area licenses in the 900 MHz SMR band. The 800 MHz SMR auction for the upper 200
channels was conducted in 1997. Ten bidders claiming that they qualified as small businesses under the
$15 million size standard won 38 geographic area licenses for the upper 200 channels in the 800 MHz
SMR band. ; 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.t
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." 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.7 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. Advaned Wireless Services (1710-1755 MIIz ancd 2110-2155 MHz bands (AWS-l);
1915 1920 MHz. 1995-2000 A-MHz. 2020-2025 MHz and 2175-2180 MHz hands (AW S-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." In 2006, the Commission conducted its first auction of AWS-I licenses.49 In
42 See Letter to Thomas Sugnie, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communication,
Commission, from Aida Alvarez, Administrator, Small Business Administration, dated August 10, 1999.
-1 See "Correction to Public Notice DA 96-586 'FCC Announces Winning Bidders in the Auction of 1020 Licenses
to Provide 900 Mliz SMR in Major Trading Areas,"' Pubhlic .Noce,. 18 FCC Red 18367 (WTB 1996).
44See "'Multi-Radio Service Auction Closes," Pubhlic Notce, 17 FCC Red 1446 (WTB 20()2).
"; See "800 MlHz Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) Service General Category (851-854 Mllz) and Upper Band
(861-865 MIlz) Auction Closes; Winning Bidders Announced," Pub lic" Notice, 15 FCC Red 17162 (2000).
.6 See, "800 MHz SMR Service Lower 80 Channels Auction ('loses; Winning Bidders Announced." Public Notice,
16 FCC Red 1736 (2000)
47 See general 13 ('.F..R. 121.201, NAICS code 51721().
SSee Service Rules bfor Advanced Wireless Serx ices In thie 1.7 GHz and 2. I GIlz Bands, Report and Order, 18 FCC
Red 25,162, App. B (2003), moh/fied h' Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services In the 1.7 GHz and 2.1 GHz;
Bands, Order on Re'on'.ideration, 20 FC'C Red 14.0)58, App. C (2005)
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