Here is a link to the Entry Level License Committee Report July 2017. The report summarizes the initial survey done back in February, that had 7891 responses. I was surprised to see that they did a second survey to 1000 ARRL members "chosen at random". Anyway, they came up with a series of recommendations. Option 1. Add HF digital and phone access to current Technician class privileges. Under this option, they would add Data privileges to Technician in 3525-3600, 7025-1725, and 21025-21200. And Phone privileges in 3900-4000, 7225-7300, and 21350-21450. No change to existing Novice, saying that there's only 9500 of them left instead they'd "encourage them to upgrade to Technician". Option 2. Request a "new Novice" license class with basic privileges They say that it's unlikely that the FCC would do this, but the committee is supportive of this idea and that it is the "best option" in the long term. Option 3. No change. Focus instead on improving the question pools, outreach to potential hams, mentoring, helping people get on the air. And here's a link to the ARRL Board of Directors Meeting Minutes from July 21-22, summarizing the brief discussion on this topic. The Board voted to go with Option 1, adding Phone and Data to Technician; and to continue to research and develop Option 2, a new entry level license.