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that initial AWS-1 auction, 31 winning bidders identified themselves as very small businesses.' Twenty-
six of the winning bidders identified themselves as small businesses.9' In a subsequent 2008 auction, the
Commission offered 35 AWS-l licenses.> Four winning bidders identified themselves as very small
businesses, and three of the winning bidders identified themselves as small businesses." 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-I service due to
the comparable capital requirements and other factors, such as issues involved in relocating incumbents
and developing markets, technologies, and services.
18. Rural Radiotelephone Service. The Commission has not adopted a size standard for
small businesses specific to the Rural Radiotelephone Service." A significant subset of the Rural
Radiotelephone Service is the Basic Exchange Telephone Radio System ("BETRS").56 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.'" The SBA has approved these definitions.> The Commission auctioned geographic
4 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 Rcd 4562 (2006) ("Auction 66 Procedures Public Notice").
, See "Auction of Advanced Wireless Services Licenses Closes; Winning Bidders Announced for Auction No. 66,"
Public Notice, 21 FCC Red 10,521 (2006) ("Auction 66 Closing Pubic Notice").
52 See A4 IS-I and Broadband PCS Procedures Poced ublic Notice. 23 FCC Red at 7499. Auction 78 also included an
auction of broadband PCS licenses.
.3 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 Red 12,749 (2008)
'4 Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1915 1920 MHz, 1995-2000 Ml-lz, 2020 2025 MHz and
2175 2180 MHtz Bands et al , Notice of Proposed Rtemrtkmg, 19 FCC Red 19,263, App. B (2005): Service Rules
for Advanced Wireless Services in the 2 155 2 175 MHlz Band, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. 22 FCC Red 17,035,
App. (2007); Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Sern ices in the 2 155-2175 MHz Band, Further Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, 23 FCC Red 9859, App. B (2008).
5 The service is defined in 22.99 of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. 6 22.99.
' BETRS is defined in 22.757 and 22.759 ofthe ('ommission's Rules, 47 ('.F.R. ( 22.757 and 22.759.
S13 C.F.R. 121.201, NAICS code 517210.
's Amendment of the Commission's Rules to Establish Part 27, the Wireless Communications Service (WCS),
Report and Order, 12 FCC Red I 0785, 10879 194 (1997)
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