From AT_Spring -Yahoogroups one can read the following from K1ZZ
"Dave et al,
First of all, apologies to those of you who are not regulated by the FCC. Feel free to delete this.
According to a quick search on the FCC website, N0ECN has filed 238 petitions and comments over the past 20 years. He likes to exercise his right to do so, which we all have under the rules adopted by the FCC consistent with the Administrative Procedure Act.
A petition for rulemaking is just the first step in a lengthy process. Except when spectrum is under threat, the ARRL seldom comments at this stage. Most such petitions never go anywhere, and preparing and filing comments eats up resources that are better devoted elsewhere.
In this case it looks as if what N0ECN is trying to accomplish is rather modest:
Add what are now called data mode privileges for Novices and Techs to the HF bands where they can now operate CW, which the ARRL has already proposed to a more limited extent;
Add data modes to the CW-only segments of 6 and 2 meters so they are more like the similar segments of the HF bands, which is not in itself a bad idea; and
“Simplify” (in his view) the definitions of modes without actually changing very much.
As others have observed, the petition isn’t very persuasive and #3 would have unintended consequences. If the FCC does anything at all with it, it’s likely to be associated with other petitions on the same general subjects in a Notice of Proposed Rule Making or Notice of Inquiry.
At that point there will be ample opportunity to comment. In the meantime I wouldn’t lose any sleep over what is just one man’s opinion.