FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 19, Pages 14991 to 15893, October 24 - November 10, 2011 Page: 15,010
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exceed $15 million for the preceding three years) and winning five licenses.
22. Lower 700 MlHz 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. " 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.6' 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
the preceding three years.7 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.71 The SBA approved these small size
standards.72 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.73 A second auction
commenced on May 28, 2003, closed on June 13, 2003, and included 256 licenses.74 Seventeen winning
bidders claimed small or very small business status, and nine winning bidders claimed entrepreneur
status.75 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.7' An auction of A, B and E block 700 MHz licenses was held in 2008.77
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.76 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
68 See Reallocation and Service Rules for the 698-746 MHz Spectrum Band (Television Channels 52 59), Report
and Order, 17 FCC Rcd 1022 (2002) ("Channels 52 59 Report and Order").
"9 See id, 17 FCC Red at 1087 88 1 172
70 See id.
71 See Id, 17 FCC Rcd at 1088 1 173.
7 See A/llvare Letter 1998.
7 See Lower 700 MHz Band Auction Closes, Publicc Notice, 17 FCC Red 17,272 (2002).
7- See Lower 700 Mllz Band Auction Closes, Pubhlic Notice,18 I FCC Red 11,873 (2003).
7 700 MHz Second Report and Order, Second Report awl Order, 22 FCC Red 15,289. 15,359 n.434 (20)07).
77See Auction of 700 MHz Band Licenses Closes. Pubhl, Notice. 23 FCC Red 4572 (2008).
78 This service is governed by Subpart I of Part 22 of the Commission's Rules. See 47 C.I.R. 22.1001-22. 1037.
13 C.F.R. 121.201, NAICS code 517210.
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