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Commission estimates that the majority of All Other Telecommunications firms are small entities that
might be affected by our action.
10. Mobile Satellite Service Carriers. Neither the Commission nor the U.S. Small Business
Administration has developed a small business size standard specifically for mobile satellite service
licensees. The appropriate size standard is therefore the SBA standard for Satellite Telecommunications,
which provides that such entities are small if they have $15 million or less in annual revenues.'s
Currently, the Commission's records show that there are 31 entities authorized to provide voice and data
MSS in the United States. The Commission does not have sufficient information to determine which, if
any, of these parties are small entities. The Commission notes that small businesses are not likely to have
the financial ability to become MSS system operators because of high implementation costs, including
construction of satellite space stations and rocket launch, associated with satellite systems and services.
Nonetheless, it might be possible that some are small entities affected by this Report and Order and
therefore we include them in this section of the FRFA.
11. Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except satellite). The Report and Order applies
the Commission's secondary market policies and rules to terrestrial service in the MSS bands. We can
not predict who may in the future lease spectrum for terrestrial use in these bands. In general, any
wireless telecommunications provider would be eligible to lease spectrum from the MSS licensees. Since
2007, the SBA has recognized wireless firms within this new, broad, economic census category.'9 Prior
to that time, such firms were within the now-superseded categories of Paging and Cellular and Other
Wireless Telecommunications.20 Under the present and prior categories, the SBA has deemed a wireless
business to be small if it has 1,500 or fewer employees.2 For this category, census data for 2007 show
that there were 1,383 firms that operated for the entire year.22 Of this total, 1.368 firms had employment
of 999 or fewer employees and 15 had employment of 1000 employees or more.23 Similarly, according to
Commission data, 413 carriers reported that they were engaged in the provision of wireless telephony,
including cellular service, Personal Communications Service (PCS), and Specialized Mobile Radio
(SMR) Telephony services.24 Of these, an estimated 261 have 1,500 or fewer employees and 152 have
more than 1,500 employees."s Consequently, the Commission estimates that approximately half or more
of these finns can be considered small. Thus, using available data, we estimate that the majority of
wireless firms can be considered small.
D. Description of Projected Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Other Compliance
Requirements for Small Entities
12. This Report and Order applies the Commission's secondary markets policies and rules
18 13 C.F.R. 121.201. NAICS code 517410.
19 See 13 C.F.R. 121.201, NAICS code 517210.
20 U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 NAICS Definitions, "517211
Paging";http://www.census.gov/epcd/naicsO2/def/NDEF517.HTM; U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 NAICS Definitions,
"517212 Cellular and Other Wireless Telecommunications";
21 13 C.F.R. 121.201, NAICS code 517210. The now-superseded, pre-2007 C.F.R. citations were 13 C.F.R.
121.201, NAICS codes 517211 and 517212 (referring to the 2002 NAICS).
22 U.S. Census Bureau, Subject Series: Information, Table 5, "Establishment and Firm Size: Employment Size of
Firms for the United States: 2007 NAICS Code 517210" (issued Nov. 2010).
I3 d. Available census data do not provide a more precise estimate of the number of firms that have employment of
1,500 or fewer employees; the largest category provided is for firms with "100 employees or more."
2 See Trends in Telephone Service at Table 5.3.
25 See 1d.
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