How about getting rid of the General and just keeping Technician and Extra? Judging from previous FCC actions they are not opposed to doing what they can to reduce the number of licenses they have to manage. I give as examples the reduction of both amateur and commercial license classes in the not to distant past. What they seem opposed to doing is anything that will give them too much public outcry, they just don't want to bother. The "regulation by bandwidth" example is a good one. I completely forgot about that until brought up. What's happened in commercial licensing is that the FCC will not renew deprecated licenses and people that wish to renew would get the license with equivalent testing. For example a 1st or 2nd radio telegraph got the new radio telegraph license. Those with a 3rd radio telegraph license could renew as a marine radio operator. I suspect that there may come a point where the FCC will refuse to renew Novice and Advanced licenses, those that want to renew and not lose privileges will have to take an upgrade test, Novice to Technician and Advanced to Extra. Just like how if a 3rd radio telegraph license holder wanted to keep operating CW would have to pass a test to get the then new single telegraph license. I just think that ARRL is asking the wrong question with looking for a new "entry" license, as this implies a need to keep incentive licensing. I believe that they should take this from the stance of thinking of a license structure that minimizes the effort required by the FCC, keeps testing simple (not "easy", only that the number and structure of testing is not complex), and can get wide support of the amateur community. What bothers me is the knee jerk reaction of any proposed change is, "They're going to give licenses away!" Right, because having a single 70 question test instead of two 35 question tests is equivalent to no testing at all. I said before that incentive licensing is dead and I'll say it again. It effectively died with the "no-code" Technician. Everything after that exists only because of inertia. I do think that we need a new amateur license. What we need is a license structure is based on being trained for the equipment operated. This is how pilot licensing is done. This is how driver licenses are issued. It's how the FCC does commercial radio licensing. It's also how Canada licenses amateur radio operators.